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DONALD DAVID GRABNER, 90, of Monroeville, died on Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:45 p.m., at his residence. Born May 5, 1922, in Mon roeville, he was a son of the late Grover C. Grabner and Leona (Leonard) Grabner. He married Mary Kathryn Beauchot on July 28, 1945, in Fredricksburg, Va.; she passed away on Dec. 15, 2011. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Monroeville where he was the sexton for the cemetery for many years; American Legion Post 420 Monroeville; and V.F.W. Post 10205 where he served on the combined Color Guard for many years. During his years of membership at the V.F.W., he was elected commander of the post. Don was also Grand Marshall of the 2007 Monroeville Harvest Festival Parade. He was the State Inspector of the American Blue Gascon Hound Association. An avid sportsman, Don developed a passion for coon hunting and enjoyed that activity throughout his life. But Don's favorite past time was baseball. Don was a player in the Federation Baseball League in Fort Wayne from 1939 to 1942. After his return from military service during World War II, Don continued his passion for baseball by becoming involved as a coach as well as a player in the Monroeville area. For almost 20 years, Don volunteered as the Assistant Baseball Coach at Heritage High School. In 2002, he was the Indiana High School State Baseball Assistant Coach of the Year. A volunteer in the community, Don was awarded the East Allen County Schools Golden Apple Award for community service in 2003. Don was employed for 33 years at the Phelps Dodge / Indiana Rod and Wire Company in Fort Wayne where he was head of maintenance. Don graduated in 1940 from the Monroeville High School. Don served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, rising to the rank Staff Sergeant. He served in the South Pacific and following his service, he always wore the #4 on his baseball uniforms in honor of the 4th Marine Defensive Air Wing in which he honorably served. In 2009, Don went with the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight to tour the World War II Memorial in Washington DC; he greatly enjoyed this trip. Surviving are his daughters, Annette K. (Samuel) May of Fort Wayne, Mary Jo "Jody" (Dennis) Linder of Monroeville, Susann Gilbert of Portland, Ind., and Kathy M. (Pierre) de Calonne of Fort Wayne; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Grabner of Fort Wayne; sister, Audrey Swanson of Duluth, Minn.; brothers, Lindy Grabner and Loren (Colleen) Grabner, both of Monroeville; sister, Sharon Sue (Richard) Darras of Monroeville; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one son, Dennis J. Grabner, in 1997; three brothers, Dale, Charles "Dick" and Arnold Grabner; one sister, Eileen Sloan; and son-in-law, John Gilbert. Prayer service is 9:25 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, 111 South Water St., Monroeville. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Monroeville, with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Fr. Lourdino Fernandes officiating. Visitation also from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, with a Rosary service at 4 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Monroeville, with graveside services provided by the American Legion Post 420, Monroeville Color Guard. Preferred memorials to Masses; St. Rose Centenary Project; or donor's choice. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 24, 2013
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