Sergeant First Class (Retired U. S. Army) Donald R. McElwain, 80 of Noma, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at his residence following a brief illness. Mr. Donald was born in Stockton, Calif., on Dec. 3, 1930 to the late Harold and Ila Tibbett McElwain. During his Military career, he was involved in two major conflicts, the Korean and the Vietnam War. Mr. Donald received several Commendations, Citations, Campaign Ribbons, Decorations, Badges and Medals, including two Purple Hearts in Japan and Germany. After retiring, he then worked as a manager with Kmart for a number of years. Mr. Donald was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Noma Town Council.
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Proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Judy Booten McElwain and son Gary McElwain.
Survived by one son, Donald "Donnie" McElwain, Graceville; four daughters, Debi Pendl (Vince), Summerfield, N.C., Dawn McElwain Crutchfield, Noma, Kim Miller, Noma, and Jessica Walters (D.J.), Graceville; two brothers, Butch McElwain, and Scotty McElwain, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Zoie, Jolie, Carly, Christopher, Eric, Kathy and David; two great grandsons Liam and Logan and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church with Father Richard Dawson officiating. Burial followed in Noma Cemetery with full Military Honors by the U.S. Army, James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing. Family received friends at the funeral home Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.jamesandlipford.com/
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Apr. 17, 2013