Donald Wayne Cleland

May 14, 1960 ‒ February 18, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Donald W. Cleland, age 58 of Delaware passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on May 14, 1960 in Toledo to the late Daniel W. and Carolyn Jean (Metzger) Cleland.  Don had worked over 25 years as a technician with the Columbus Water Department.

A simple man, Don lived his life with a humble agenda to make people smile and he did just that. He was good with people, fun loving and always positive. He also possessed a strong work ethic in the care of his home and treasured white Dodge Challenger.

He loved animals and birds, especially his beloved canine “Brisco”.  He was a member of the Delaware Eagles. With his friendly nature, he was easy to befriend. His unique laugh will long be remembered, just as his goodness and warm smile.

Those left to cherish his memory include his siblings: Patricia “Patti” Fraser of Maineville, Julie (Steve) Scott and Tim Cleland all of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, nieces, nephews, and a host of cherished friends.

“Love you, be strong, and catch you on the other side” were Don’s parting words.

A time to share stories and reflect on the goodness of Don will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Memorial contributions can be made to the James Cancer Hospital, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221.

To share a condolence or special memory visit:

  • Patti, Julie, Steve and Tim,

    My heart goes out to you all. The world lost a true to life angel yesterday. I know Brisco, with his big waggin’ tail, was waiting for him on the other side to lead him home.

    You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Don was a true gentleman and a good person. Condolences to his entire family and all of his friends. You are all in our prayers.

  • Always a smile, always a laugh. Don was my good friend and I will miss him for the rest of my life. Like he always said “See ya on the flip side my friend”.
    Love you buddy, see ya on the flip.

  • hey doodle, want you to know the spirit and courage you gave this fight was one of the most sincere showings of strength we’ve ever witnessed. if you complained, we never heard it. you left with grace and dignity and that gave us strength and hope. run free with Brisco brother. we love you.

  • I had the privilege of working with Don at the Columbus Water Division. Don always had a smile on his face and had a special way with people. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. To Don’s friends and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    “To live in the hearts of others is to never die in those we leave behind.” Carl Sagan

  • My husband Aaron and I were fortunate enough to live next door to Don for 10 years. The news of his passing brought us both to tears. Don was such a kind, incredibly positive, and friendly guy. He had a unique ability to connect with just about anyone he met. I never heard him say a negative thing about anyone. I will also always remember how he carried his beloved Briscoe outside as his health began to decline. Don will certainly live on in the hearts of those of us who were lucky enough to know him!

  • I was lucky enough to work with Don for many years at the City of Columbus. He was one of the most positive friendly giving persons I have ever met and a good friend. He always had a smile and a unique way of uplifting everyone’s spirits. I like to think I am a better person for having known him. The world lost a truly good man.

  • I remember Don when we visited our family, the Dixon’s who lived next door to Don. There was always a smile and wave as he went about keeping his home in perfect condition. I know Don will be missed but Heaven has a new star to share with his family before him. Rest In Peace Don.

  • To Don’s family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I, myself, have found comfort in reading Job 14:14,15 where it shows that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort and strength as well, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)