Donald Lee Whitman, 75, of Amherst, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home, following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Elyria. Donald was a lifetime resident of Amherst.
He proudly served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam conflict, both in Vietnam as a combat marine and state side as a military police officer.
His service was distinguished by reception of the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Merritourous Mast Company 2nd Battalion Marine Regiment, and the Merritourious Mast Company 2nd Battalion 55th Marine Regimen.
Donald was an electrician by trade and worked as an independent contractor for many years. He was employed at Pfaudler Company in Elyria for 16 years and also at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain for seven years before retiring.
He was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in Amherst, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662 and American Legion Post 118, both of Amherst.
His hobbies included golfing, playing chess and traveling, and taking trips with his wife out west. He loved socializing with his good friends at the American Legion and was known for his great sense of humor and love of banana splits. However, his role as a grandfather brought him his greatest joy.
Donald leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 45 years, Judy Ann Whitman (nee Custer); daughters Lauri Hubach and her husband Ron, and Debbie Whitman, all of Amherst; grandchildren Michael Wearsch, Donald Lee Wearsch, Jared Hubach, and Rebecca Hubach; brothers and their wives John and Judith Whitman of Oberlin and Robert and Joan Whitman of Amherst; sister, Laura Kimmel of Wellington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Whitman; father, Anthony Whitman; and mother, Laura Talbot (nee Nooney).
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4 at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. The Rev. Mark Pemberton of St. Peter United Church of Christ will officiate.
Full honors will be provided by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Peter United Church of Christ, 582 Church St., Amherst, OH 44001; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Apr. 4, 2013