Donald Santmyer

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Donald L. Santmyer

ONTARIO: Donald L. Santmyer, 60, died with his family beside him on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at his Ontario home following a battle with cancer. Don was born May 22, 1951 in Millersburg and was the son of LeRoy and Kathleen (Cramer) Santmyer. He was a 1969 graduate of Ontario High School and a decorated veteran of Viet Nam serving with the US Air Force. Don was an outdoorsman, a land conservationist, and an avid hunter enjoying trips to Newfoundland, Montana, and Colorado. Growing up he attained the Eagle Scout designation from the Boy Scouts of America. Don was a member of the Elks and the Eagles, both of Galion. He was a retired electrician from General Motors with over 38 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Sally (Bowen) Santmyer, whom he married June 11, 1977; his son Erik (Lauren) Santmyer of Sparta; 2 granddaughters: Dylan Stryker and Elliot Santmyer; his parents: LeRoy and Kathleen Santmyer of Ontario; 2 brothers: Robert (Karen) Santmyer of Saginaw, MN and Steven (Lori) Santmyer of Ontario; and his sister-in-law: Cathy Bowen of Pittsburgh, PA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Santmyer; his grandparents: Custer and Mary Cramer and Orville and Iva Santmyer; and his father and mother-in-law: Charles and Sara Bowen.

Friends may call Thursday, May 10th, from 5-8pm in the Ontario home of Wappner Funeral Directors. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 11th at 1:00pm in First Congregational Church, Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. The BYERLY-LINDSEY FUNERAL HOME, LOUDONVILLE is honored to be assisting the Santmyer family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting


Published in the News Journal on May 8, 2012
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