Donald T. Blizzard

August 18, 1937 ‒ October 10, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Donald T. Blizzard, age 80 of Mt Vernon. Ohio died October 10, 2017 in Hilliard, Ohio. He was born August 18, 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Thomas and Virginia (Buck) Blizzard.

Don graduated from Ohio University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and was a registered professional engineer. He began his career at Allis Chalmers Mfg. Co in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1965, he joined Cooper Bessemer and worked in Mt Vernon OH and Grove City, PA until retiring in 1998. Don held a number of engineering management positions, including Director of Engineering. During his career, he authored and published over twenty technical articles and papers. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Grove City, PA Literacy Council. Don has been a FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator since 1954 with the FCC assigned call letters of W8UMH. He was member of the Mt Vernon Amateur Radio Club and American Radio Relay League. He spent many hours on his radios contacting other amateur radio stations in locations all over the world.

Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn; his daughter Linda (William) Rodgers and 3 grandchildren, David, Mark and Jillian of Hilliard; sister-in-law, Karen (Vick) Garmon of Port Clinton; niece Kathy (Geoff) Falter of Delaware; sister-in-law Louise (Joseph) Baehr of Cape May Courthouse, NJ; along with several nephews, nieces and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Virginia, his brother David and nephew John.

Don was a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church of Mt Vernon. He has lived in the country for many years where he has enjoyed gardening and many do-it-yourself projects. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and is very proud of each one.  He taught them how to fish, play euchre and attended many of their sporting events.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5-7 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held on Thursday, beginning at 11AM, with Rev. Karen Oehl officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Mt. Vernon and Knox County.

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  • We’ll truly miss Don and the neighborhood talks in our back yard. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  • Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a good man, wonderful to travel with, and he will be missed terribly.
    If there is anything I can do for you or your family, please let me know.
    Sincerely yours,
    Matia Mathews

  • Dear Carolyn and Family — We share in your loss. Don was a member of our Cooper family for many years, and we have enjoyed being together with both of you at our Wednesday night Radio Club dinners. May it help to know that you have friends who care. He will be missed. We are sending you our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins (N8RDH)

  • I am sorry to hear about the loss of a gentleman that although I never had the privilege of talking to Don in person, I had many enjoyable conversations via ham radio. We all will miss hearing calls from W8UMH.
    My condolences to the family.
    73 Don.
    Dennis Chambers – W3QS

  • My sympathy goes to Don’s family. Don was a 1955 classmate at Mansfield and my best memory is of our Hi-Y trip to Washington. RIP, Paul Stark, Huron, Ohio

  • MY sympathy goes out to the family. Don was a cousin and saw him years ago.We are in Arizona saw in Mansfield paper . Sorry for your lose. From cousins. Joyce Mottayaw Alt. Mansfield, Bill Mottayaw. Mansfield . Bonnie Mottayaw Hammond Arizona. When we where younger we lived on a farm on Nail rd and they would visit us. Had good times. May God be with you all at this time.

    Bonnie Hammond

  • I was sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I’m glad he was able to make it to the Culler Reunion in July. He looked happy and well. We will miss him. My condolences to Carolyn and the family.

  • I am sorry to hear of Don’s Passing. I have been talking with Don for about 7 years via Amateur Radio. He was a friend that I never met. He will be missed.
    73 W8UMH de KA8SBI

  • Carolyn, I’m so sad to learn about Don. I so appreciated his welcoming smile on Wednesday nights at the South Side. It was fun to see you both enjoying trips. Don will be missed by so many, including myself. Blessings to you and your family.

  • My condolences to the Blizzard family. Was stunned to hear of his sudden passing. Don and I both started our engineering careers in the early 60’s at Allis Chalmers. Lost contact for many years and then found each other on ham radio over the past 15 years. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. I will miss our conversations on the airways.
    Dick Jaeger W3DP

  • I always enjoyed my friendship with Don. A truly nice guy. I extend my sympathy to his family and friends. Burk Jisa, Mansfield Senior High Class of 1955

  • We are praying for you Carolyn, and your family as well. We loved getting together when we were at the lake for those years and also after giving that up and being home. There was not a person with a bigger smile on his face than Don when he would catch the big ones. It was a joy knowing him as a friend and we will miss the card games and having you both out for fish. Take care and God bless.

  • Our Condolences on the loss of your loved one. Jim and I both feel privileged to have had Don as a friend. He was a true gentleman, always considerate and kind. We will miss our times together. Life is made up of memories and expectations..Your family will have many great memories of Don, as well as his many friends. He will be sorely missed.

  • Dear Carolyn,
    Sorry to hear that you lost Don. I know how you feel as I lost Barb about one year ago and it takes a long time to get yourself back together. You and Don were always good friends throughout our college days and I just wished we were able to get together more often. I know we were able to enjoy visits through Dave and Karen Bellan and you are aware that Karen is now gone also. One of my bucket lists is to go down to Athens and nose around the University for some enjoyable memories someday. Carolyn, my prayers are with you and your family at this time and I know the Good Lord will be with you and help you get through these next hard weeks as he did for me. I am so sorry that I will not be able to be at his funeral as I am out of town right now and I saw Don’s obituary in the Mansfield News Journal just before I left town.
    May God be close to you and your family . You will be in my prayers.

    Bob Sieving

  • To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you be comforted by the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3) that one day, “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) Deepest sympathy.

  • Carolyn, I am very sorry for your loss.

    I met Don, W8UMH, around 1967 or 68. We were participating in Field Day which is a yearly ham radio operating event. At the time, I was not a ham and only 15 years old. I can remember Don was set up in a tent sending Morse Code and working all over the U.S. and Canada. I watched Don do his thing all night long. I was so impressed with Don’s skill that I myself became a life long Morse Code operator.

    It has been my pleasure and honor over the last ten years to work along side of Don during this annual operating event. Together, Don and I talked to the world using Morse Code. Don always smiled when I would tell people he was my idol.

    This coming Field Day, I will truly miss my operating partner.

    Don was a true friend, a gentlemen, and an all around “good guy”. He influenced many and will be missed by all.

    Don, send me some Morse Code from above. I will be listening for you.