James Donald “Don” Stitzlein

February 10, 1931 ‒ January 31, 2020

Glenmont, Ohio

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

  • Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Sending peace and love to the Stitzlein family. Don leaves a wonderful legacy in his family and his accomplishments. George still recounts with pride, the times he worked at the farm milking, bailing, mucking (oh – and getting to pick out fresh steaks for dinner)!

    May the memories give you strength and comfort during this sad time. Fondly,
    Hillary and George Jeffers

  • Don & I were born on joining farms and friends our whole lives. After we retired, Don came to visit Jim and I many mornings, after finishing ‘chores’,at the farm, next to ours. Our children rode the same school bus, as their children, during the years before we moved away, with Kathy and our daughter Yvonne, being good friends.Not only will Don’s family miss him, but the MANY friends he made, during his lifetime. He had a
    “Big Heart”, and helped many people, during his life!

  • Sincere sympathy to your family. Losing both Pat and Don in such a short time leaves a big void in your lives. May God comfort you in your grief.

  • My sincere sympathy to the family. I will be unable to attend the services as I am in Florida but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed very much by family and friends My brother John will especially miss his daily calls to Don.
    Joanne Meeks

  • So sorry for your family’s loss. Good man who taught his children the right things in life. The pride you all must have for him and memories of a life time(Priceless). Tim keep your head up and stay strong my friend.🙏

  • My sincere condolences to your family. Life will never be the same without Don
    But be comforted with the memories and knowledge that he was a good friend to many and the world was a better place because he lived.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you all as you go down this path. Linda and Dave Repp

  • I want to give my condolence to the Stitzlein family. Don always impressed me with his knowledge of what was going on halfway around the world or just a simple issue around the county.

  • To the Stitzlein family:

    My husband hauled your milk, W. J. Carmony.
    I am now 87 and regret that at his death, I didn’t send personal letters to his farmers.
    After all these years, I want you to know Don was a household name at our house….and all these years later…..I “Thank You” for being so special to him.
    Sympathy, prayers, hugs – To all.
    Maxie Carmony Shelley

  • We were so sorry to hear of Don’s death. I’ve known him my whole life, and been fortunate to work with him and the family farming operation for 42 years. I got to know the whole family at Zion Lutheran Church Sunday School when we all were children. What a wonderful family Pat and Don created. I’m sure going to miss taking Don’s phone calls, and dumping his bags of cat food into the tubs in the back of his car. Thinking of you all during this heartbreaking time.
    Roger and Connie Stitzlein

  • We know it has been a difficult for you this year losing both Pat and Don. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Don and Pat had a well-lived long life. I want to thank you for including my brother John’s name in the obituary. I know John is going to miss Don very much.

  • There are many memories that I could share about Don. One visual and memory that I will always have is Don coming down the road/driveway with Buster perched up on him in the Dodge pickup. I’m not sure who was happier. Another is how Don would also stop and chat for a few minutes. There was always a smile during the exchange even if he was focused on getting a task completed.

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Don will be greatly missed.

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Don better because of my consulting partner, Skip Stitzlein, working with Don and Tim as their agronomist. Don and my mother, Norma Stitzlein Snyder, were first cousins. Don was on our advisory committee at the JVS for most of the 20+ years we worked through the school.

    I really liked Don. He was a true Stitzlein: not a man of many words, but having a lot of experience, good sense of humor and thoughtful wisdom. Having just gone though knee replacement myself, I remember how he said his double knee replacement was no big deal. While I am doing very well with my recovery, I would disagree that it is no big deal! I can’t imagine going through a double at his age let alone my age!

    I wish I could have come to the funeral, but with my recovering leg and the bad weather, I felt I better not push it. I especially wanted to see Kathy. I remember her and Mike Stitzlein from Sunday school at Zion Lutheran Church over 50 years ago. I saw Mike in the past couple of years, but have not seen Kathy. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to reacquaint sometime.

    Don was a good man and the patriarch of a great family of whom he was very proud. He leaves quite a legacy and will be missed greatly. His passing was the kind most of us hope for: full of years and little suffering. Your family is very blessed to have had him in good health for so many years.

  • Condolences from extended family in Washington State. My dad, Elmer Stitzlein, Jr. will be 93 years old next week. He has such fond memories of growing up in the Loudinville area !
    Our thoughts are with you during this time of loss.

  • Sending our sympathy to you and your family. After 37 years of hauling your milk your family was always dedicated to the Carmony family. Don was always a gentleman businessman. People always listened when Don spoke and respected his opinions. He contributed greatly to the Reiter Dairy board. He will be greatly missed. Thank you also for supporting our sale as farmers must always stick together.

    You be in our continued thoughts and prayers.