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Donald E. Stemen

NEWARK: Donald E. Stemen, age 63, of Newark, formerly of Lithopolis, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at his residence. Born September 15, 1950 in Columbus to the late Harry and Anna (Woodruff) Stemen, Jr.

He worked as Director of Bands at Roosevelt Middle School and Associate Director of Bands at Newark High School, beginning in 1989. He received his BME (Education) and MM (Performance) degrees from The Ohio State University. He had served as a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation, and performed with high school and community bands throughout the East and in Europe. Donald studied privately with noted teachers, Joe Allard, David Hite, James Pyne, Kathy Borst-Jones, Dr. Burdette Green, and Steve Genteline. He also served as an O.M.E.A. Marching Band and Solo and Ensemble adjudicator. He performed with the Ohio Saxophone Quartet, the Black Swap Saxophone Quartet, The Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Worthington Civic Band. He was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and a former sergeant with the 392nd Army band, Fort Lee, VA.

He is survived by his sister, Sarah "Sally" (Tim) Acton, Lancaster; brother, Roger (Reggie) Stemen, Rosemont, CA; nieces, Danielle (Jay) Bartos, Candi Stemen (Mike) Baker, Stephanie (Jamaro) English; nephew, Christopher (fiancee, Taryn) Stemen; great nieces and nephews, Brent, Mila, Jayden, Brandon, Anna and Evan. Preceded in death by nephew, Matthew Acton; and great-nephew, Joel.

Friends may visit 5-8 pm Wednesday at the VENSIL & CHUTE FUNERAL HOME, 1850 W. Main St., Newark, and one hour prior to the service, which will be held 4 pm Thursday in the Lithopolis Cemetery Mausoleum in Lithopolis, with Pastor Joe Wolf officiating.

Friends who wish may contribute to the Matthew Acton Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the Fairfield County Foundation, PO Box 159, Lancaster, OH 43130 in Don's memory.

Arrangements by DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Pickerington. Online condolences at spencefuneralhome.com



Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Aug. 31, 2014
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