PALESTINE - Donald E. Hembree, 78, of Palestine, passed away on Dec. 13, 2013, at Wayne Health Care State of the Heart Hospice Care in Greenville.
Donald was born March 13, 1935, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Howard and Bertha (Hemmerick) Hembree.
Donald worked as an RV tech at Tom Raper. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. Donald was a member of the American Legion Post #665 in West Manchester. He enjoyed gardening, his dogs and family.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Norma I. (Schlechty) Hembree of Palestine; four sons, Donald and Brenda Hembree of New Paris, Randy and Wanda Hembree of Eaton, Gary and Kathy Hembree of Harrison, Ohio, and Douglas and Kachina Hembree of Richmond, Ind. ; two daughters, Cindy Kudor of Washington and Brenda Hembree of Eaton; a stepson, Jesse Sleppy of Columbus and a stepdaughter, Jeanna Sleppy of Palestine; a brother, Tom and Ruth Hembree of California; a sister, Flora L and Steve Ferlita of South Carolina; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison with the Rev. Mike Simmons officiating.
Friends and family may visit from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday also at the funeral home. A graveside committal will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Palestine Cemetery with full military honors. Family request donations be given to Tri Village Rescue or State of the Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com. Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison.