Donovan L. “Don” Tugend

June 03, 1925 ‒ April 28, 2015

Worthington, Ohio
Formerly of Fredericktown, Ohio

Donovan L. “Don” Tugend, age 89, of 6525 N. High Street, Worthington, formerly of Fredericktown, passed away on Tuesday April 28, 2015, at Sunrise at Worthington. He was born in Butler, on June 3, 1925, and served in the United States Army during World War Two. Don earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and taught in two schools in Logan County. He moved to Fredericktown, with his wife Mary, in 1950, where he managed Fredericktown Sand and Gravel Company until his retirement in 1997.

Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown, the Fredericktown Lions Club, and Thrall Masonic Lodge in Fredericktown. Don always loved working on his farm in Middlebury Township.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret (Meddles) Tugend, daughter Amy (Ken) Jones of Worthington; sons Tom (Colleen Pero) Tugend of Dublin and Bob Tugend of Delaware, Ohio; his sister Marilyn (Carl) Zody of Lucas; 2 grandchildren Katie (Luke) Reinstittle of Powell and Kelly Jones of Hilliard and 3 great grandchildren Brock Reinstittle, Brant Reinstittle and Lilly Reinstittle. Don was preceded in death by his parents Clarence George Tugend and Leora Flo (Forbes) Tugend and a brother Larry Tugend.

A graveside funeral service will be held Friday May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Fredericktown or the Fredericktown Lions Club.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Donovan L. “Don” Tugend.

  • So sorry for your loss . He was a good friend and neighbor . Our thoughts and prayers be with you .

    • Thank you for your heartfelt condolences – Your words were comforting during a difficult time – Dad liked to get out and about the farm – So he really appreciated the time Ron lifted him into his truck and drove him around the farm – Thanks again

  • Dear Mary and family;

    Sue and I are sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. We always enjoyed having you as our neighbors. We hope you enjoy your new home.


    Sue and Morris

    • Thank you for your thoughtful condolences – Mom and dad could not have askedfor better neighbors – It was comforting to Amy, Tom and I knowing you were living next door – Thanks again

  • Mary and family, so sorry to hear of Dons passing. Prayers for all in this time of sorrow.

    • Thank you for your prayers and thoughts – Family meant a lot to dad – He enjoyed attending family reunions and seeing all the aunts, uncles and cousins – Thanks again

  • Dear Mary and family:
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We remember all the good times we had playing cards; visiting and years of friendship. May God keep you all in his arms of love.. Our deepest sympathy and Love. Dale and Mary

    • Thank you for your sympathy and kindness – Dad really enjoyed the parties and picnics over the years – He always got a big smile on his face when I mentioned these events – Thanks again

  • Dear Mary and Family — We were saddened to read about Don’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear Mary and families:
    You are in my thoughts and Prayers today. May God Bless All of You? Bob lived a good life. Love and Best Wishes!
    Mae, Bob, Daryl Matheny and Mindy Rose

    • Thank you for your sympathy and kindness – Your comments let us know dad left a positive impression on the community – Thanks again

  • Dear Mary and Family,

    Was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Have been thinking about you and hoping you are doing well. We miss you as a neighbor. I was sorry I did not get to the service yesterday afternoon but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jean Campbell

    • We thank you for the support your family provided over the years -Dad appreciated your family’s friendship as church members and neighbors – Thanks again

  • So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have many fond memories living next to the Tugend family in Moundvale.

    • Thank you for your sympathy and kindness – The Moundvale days are still a frequent topic of conversation – Best wishes to you and your family – Thanks again

  • Mary and family,
    So sorry to hear Don passed away. We have missed Don and Mary since they were in Country Court. Please know you have all been in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thank you for your prayers and thoughts – The family greatly appreciated the kindness and comfort everyone at Country Court provided – Thanks again