Don was born in Danbury, Conn., May 15, 1939, and served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, before settling down to raise his family in Cairo. As most friends are aware, he was, at times, feisty of temperament and he never claimed to be a wizard of words, but his heart and spirit were always the true mark of the father, husband and man that he was. As a neighbor and friend, he was involved with the Cairo Rotary Club and, indeed, became a Paul Harris Fellow from his years of dedication and devotion to the club and its ideals. In later years, he loved the outdoors and invested his very soul in his garden, bonsai, day lilies and orchids. As a member of societies for both bonsai and orchids, it wasn’t just about the plants in his care, but rather he loved his hobby for he grew and nurtured cherished friendships for which he was always grateful.
And, above all other things, his family was most important. He and Suzie never missed a piano recital, band concert or drama performance. They made personal sacrifices to provide both education and experiences that Dene will carry with her forever. In their retirement years, Don and Suzie made it a point to travel together and just enjoy each other’s company. Dene and husband Jason even had the opportunity to enjoy many family trips and vacations with Don and Suzie in recent years. Most recently, his grandsons, Noah and Alex, were the light and joy of his and Suzie’s life. “Papa, Papa” was the resounding chorus from the boys wherever they went. Don will never be forgotten but deeply missed by the entire family.
Don’s family will celebrate his memory with an informal visitation at Heritage Funeral Home in Cairo between 9 and 10 am on Saturday, June 26, 2010, followed by a short memorial service graveside at the Greenwood Cemetery in Cairo.
On line condolences may be sent at www.Heritagefh.net.
Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.