Donald E. Findlay, 84, of Citrus Springs, Fla., entered peacefully into rest Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones. Don was the eldest of 11 children born to Virginia Campbell and Leslie George Findlay, Nov. 13, 1929, in Bradford, Pa. He attended and graduated Titusville High School. Don enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1947, was a Korean War veteran and served our country proudly retiring with 21 years of service as a master sergeant. Don then became a quality control inspector and retired with Foster-Wheeler. Upon retirement he and his wife leisurely traveled throughout this beautiful country living the American dream. He was a dedicated life member of the Citrus Springs VFW Post 4864, and a member of KWVA in Citrus County.
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Don truly enjoyed fishing and was quite the angler. He was passionate about birds and spent his latter years planting and tending to his garden. Don loved playing poker with his comrades. A good ole Western movie was guaranteed to make him smile. Don was a sports enthusiast and spirited Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He adored his grandchildren and held the bragging rights as a great grandfather.
Don is survived by his wife and best friend, Carol Seaman, to whom he was happily married for over 62 years. He was blessed with three sons, Craig Findlay (Liz) Smithfield, Va., Bruce Findlay (Susan) Shelby, N.C., and Gary Findlay (Theo) Augusta, Ga.; five grandchildren (Christy, Jamie, Ann, Jessica, and Justin); four great-grandchildren; five sisters, Faye, Sandra, Patricia, Mary and Rita; and one special niece, Debbie McClellan, Titusville, Pa. he was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Joan, Arlene, Yvonne and Nadine; and one brother, Harley Findlay. Don was loved and respected by many. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Any memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Edward W. Penno Post 4864, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs FL 34430. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 6, 2013