James Donald “Don” Stitzlein
February 10, 1931 ‒ January 31, 2020
GLENMONT: James Donald “Don” Stitzlein, 88 of Glenmont, passed away peacefully in his home, on January 31st, 2020.
Don was born on February 10th, 1931 to Clyde Stitzlein and his wife Fern (Staats), near Glenmont on their farm. Raised around livestock with his brothers Bill and Conard, Don took a liking to the outdoors and animals both. He graduated from Glenmont High School in 1948, and during his time in school, was involved with organizations such as the FFA and 4H. One of his projects for 4H centered around dairy farming, which encouraged Don down the path that would eventually lead to his own dairy farm. He began with five or six Ayrshire cattle before growing it into the farm it is today.
Don founded Hi Hills Dairy Farm shortly after marrying the love his life, Patricia “Pat” Miller on November 12, 1950. In his free time, Don and his brothers played in a band, The Buckeye Ramblers, and were known for playing VFWs on Saturdays and New Year’s Eve dances. Don also worked away from the farm, selling fertilizer across the country. His brother Conard took him for an airplane ride which prompted Don to obtain his private pilot’s license as well as a single-engine Cessna. He utilized his plane to travel further and promote more outside sales while allowing his children who remained back on the farm to get their feet wet in the dairy business. Don also utilized his plane to fly his wife Pat, to 49 of the 50 states. Pat and Don also enjoyed traveling with their friends and neighbors, Gaylord and Marge Young.
Don served on the Reiter Independent Milk Board in the 1980s/90s and was a longtime committee member of the FSA (Farm Service Agency), as well as a proud member of the Farm Bureau. He and his wife Pat were awarded the Heritage Award for the Farm Credit Services which honored their membership for over half a century. You’d often find Don in his black Dodge, driving around his farm with one of his many beloved dalmatians and later his dog Buster, making sure to stop and feed any animal that looked hungry, even if it was a raccoon. He had an ear for music and could beat just about anyone in Jeopardy. Don traveled to Europe twice, enjoying Germany and getting to spend time with his extended family that lived there.
Surviving are his children Doug (Kim) Stitzlein, Kathy (Bob) Locke, Tim (Christie) Stitzlein, Jim (Brad Anderson) Stitzlein, and Mary Ann (Ben) Stumbo; 12 grandchildren Chase, Emma, and Katie Stitzlein, Maya and Kylie Stitzlein, Ross (Hayley) Stumbo, Craig (Billie Jo) Stitzlein, Carrie (Brad) Ackert, Wendy Figgins, Travis (Carrie) Swendal, Troy (Cate) Swendal, Nathan (Kelly) Swendal; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother Conard(Nancy) Stitzlein, many cousins and friends, and his friend and cousin John Young.
Don was greeted in Heaven by his beloved wife, Pat, parents Clyde and Fern, brother Bill, grandson Curt, and one very special dog; Buster.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 222 East Main Street, Loudonville, Ohio. Pastor Scott Henderson will officiate and burial will follow in Kaylor Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be donated to Zion Lutheran Church.
Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Don’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com