PIQUA - Donald E. Locker, 75, of Piqua, died at 3:59 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Upper Valley Medical Center. He was born April 3, 1937, in Sidney to the late Charles and Kathryn (Benz) Locker. He married Doris A. Oswald, who preceded him in death. He then married Judith A. (Kindell) Melling on March 15, 2002, in Piqua; and she survives.
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Other survivors include four children, Larry Locker of Kansas, Tony Locker of Medway, Michael (Cindy) Locker of Piqua and Krista (Scott) Tackett of Piqua; five step-children, Wesley Melling Jr. of S. Carolina, Carol (Ben) Groff of Piqua, Terrie (Cliff) Hunter of Woodstock, Bonnie Adkins of Piqua, and Debi Frey of Troy; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a sister, Juanita (Charles) Morrow of Tennessee.
Mr. Locker retired as an assistant fire chief for the Piqua Fire Department having been a firefighter/paramedic for more than 25 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Upper Valley Community Church, the Promise Keepers, a founding member of the Miami Valley Bass Masters Club, and enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing and golfing. He was a caregiver to special men through the Hand to Hand and C.R.S.I. organizations. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and two companion dogs, Bella and Heidi.
A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with the Rev. Andy Monnin officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Covington where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Piqua Ambulance Fund, P. O. Box 720, Piqua, OH 45356 or the Upper Valley Community Church, 1400 Siedel Parkway, Piqua, OH 45356.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Jan. 23, 2013