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Donald R. Greenwood
Donald R. GreenwoodFlagDonald Ray Greenwood died at his home on December 15, 2010 after a long illness.  He was born on May 13, 1917 to  the late Jessie H. and Nellie (Typsword) Greenwood. He was a life long resident of the LaRue area and was a 1936 graduate of LaRue High School.

He and Virginia Roux were married on December 23, 1939 and she survives. He is also survived by his son, Harold Douglas Greenwood, his daughter-in-law Judi and grandsons Thomas Isaac and Andrew Scott. His son Dr. Don Scott Greenwood preceded him in death on September 30, 1978.

Donald joined the Navy in 1942 and served aboard the USS Hilary P. Jones in both the Atlantic and Pacific arenas of World War II. His destroyer was one of the escorts of the battleship that hosted the signing of the peace treaty to end the war with Japan.  Following his naval duties he returned to Ohio and worked as a machinist at the Erie and then as an automobile mechanic with Midtown Chevrolet, Short Ford, Kennedy Ford and retired in 1979 from Mathews Kennedy Ford. For him retirement was merely a change in occupations as he became an active participant in his son’s woodworking business for the next 20 years.

He was a past member of the LaRue Lions Club and served as its president at one time. He was a 65 year member of the Phillippi-Clement Post 101 of the American Legion of LaRue.

Donald was the last member of his family of six brothers-Earl, Elmer, Orville, Harry, Carey and Delbert and his three sisters, Lillian, Marie, and Irene. However, he is survived by sisters-in-law, Martha E. Lust of Marion and June Appelfeller of Florida as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home of LaRue, have assisted the family in final arrangements for Mr. Greenwood. Calling hours will not be observed.  Interment will be in the family plot at the LaRue Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pasma will officiate at the interment.  His family will host a private memorial service at a later date to honor his unwavering devotion to them and his long productive life.

Remembrances and Condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.



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Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM


#2 from: Laura Widder
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Aunt Gin, Doug and family,
 My heart is so heavy with sadness....we have shared so many memorable times.  The trips to Mullet Lake will forever be in my heart. What good times!!  I love you Uncle Don.

#3 from: Joan Giesman
Galloway, OH
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Doug and family,
So sorry to learn of the death of your father/grandfather. I know you and Judi were attentive to his needs and took good care of him, and you can find comfort in that and all your good memories.
Love, Joni

#4 from: Ernestine Rorick and family
Marion, OH
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Virginia,Doug and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Don  fondly. You are all in our prayers. Sincerely, Ernie, Jeanie, Dave, Jan, Mark, Jill, Chris, Jackie, Todd, Jim, Jill and all grandchildren and great grandchildren

#5 from: Richard and Susan Kennedy
LaRue, Ohio
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Donald was a very near and dear friend!  He was a wonderful individual, and a great and valualed employee!  Our warm heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Virginia and Doug.  May God help you through this time with peace.

#6 from: Darlene Greenwood
Delaware, Ohio
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:06 AM

I am sharing in your grief over the loss of Don.  He was a hard worker and an exemplary family man who showed so much love to his family.  My favorite memories were watching him take my sons for rides on the tractor, feed his dogs, and tend the gardens.  He sure knew how to raise cantelopes and a large assortment of vegetables!  He will be greatly missed!

#7 from: Karen Redd-McCann`
Marion now but home town of LaRue
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I'm not sure you even remember me but your mother taught me in the third grade. One of my favorite teachers. Please know that a prayer has been said for you today. God Bless you.

Daughter of Don & Norma Redd,
Karen Redd-McCann

#8 from: Wayne Porter
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Ginny and family,
So sorry to hear of Don's death.  We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.  We love you!

#9 from: Sharon KAy Shockey
177 Highpoint Ave., AKRON, oh 44312
Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Aunt Ginny,
Sorry to hear about Don.  May God be with you and yours.
Love, Sharon (Sherry)

#10 from: Carolyn Bailey
Marion, Ohio
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Hello, I would like to express my condolences to the family of Donald Greenwood. I am a nurse aide at Heartland of Marion, and I got to know Donald during his stay there. He was very friendly and outgoing and always brightened my day. I thought the family would like to know that Donald made a place in my heart.
Carolyn Bailey

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