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Donald Bacin Obituary
Bacin, Donald
Donald P. Bacin, 92, of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Country Meadow Care Center following an extended illness. The son of William and Agnes (Seveyka) Bacin, Donald was born April 14, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio. He began working for GE at age 16, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, qualifying as an ARM (gunner and radioman) in the SBD Dauntless dive bomber. The war ended before his unit could deploy and he spent the remainder of his service working stateside, predominantly as a crash and rescue fireman and plane captain at various naval air stations, including Deland, FL and Port Columbus, OH. When he returned to civilian life, he went back to work for GE (Small Motor Division), initially in Cleveland and then Columbus, before being transferred to Mansfield in 1972; he retired from GE in 1985. Donald loved nature and the outdoors, and started hiking and walking regularly over 50 years ago, sharing the Boy Scouting experience with his four sons. When the family lived near Steam Corners Road in Lexington, and then when Don and his wife moved to Cook Road, he continued walking every day, rain or shine, and area residents began to recognize him as "the Cook Road Greeter" as he returned their waves as they drove by every day. He was proud of the fact that he could (up until several months ago) accomplish 25 sit ups and 25 push-ups every day — not the kind done leaning against a wall, but military style "on the floor." Through his life he had many memorable adventures, traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Antigua, France, Ireland, Russia, and Czechoslovakia; and one very memorable 'short' trip he and his wife took, on his 80th birthday, up in a balloon! On their 65th wedding anniversary, Don was able to convince the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (formerly Hotel Cleveland) to give him the same room rate of $6 as shown on his original receipt from their honeymoon stay in 1948. Donald has been the subject of quite a few news stories, including for giving over 30 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, and repeated participation in the Richland County March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon (back when it was 18 miles). Donald was an active volunteer in many organizations over the years, most notably the Worthington Jaycees (achieving Exhausted Rooster status), St Michael's Church in Worthington, and Boy Scout Troops 123 in Worthington and 152 in Lexington. Donald married Sylvia (Venglarchik), who survives him, May 29, 1948, and they just celebrated 70 years of marriage this past May. They raised five children, Donna (Larry) Smolen of Lancaster, California, Mark (Linda) Bacin of Arlington, Virginia, Brian (Chris) Bacin of Galion, Ohio, Keith (Suzie) Bacin of Lexington, Ohio, and Jeffrey Bacin (deceased); grandchildren, Brian (Meghan) Bacin, Chrystal (Josh) Christopher, Courtney (Drew) Lessick, Kelsey (Jeremy) Rider; seven great-grandchildren, Wil Bacin, Chloe Bacin, Liam Rider, Joel Christopher, Caleb Christopher, Jessa Christopher, and Cora Christopher. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeffrey, and three brothers Bill, Ed, and Kent Bacin. Per Donald's request, there will be no calling hours. His family hopes that you will remember him as he was...full of life, love for his family, friends, and his many accomplishments. Friends and neighbors are invited to attend a Celebration of Donald's life on Saturday, August 25 from 1-6 pm at The Crossings Clubhouse, 2300 Whippoorwill Lane, corner of Cook Road and S. Trimble Road, Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Line of Ohio/Donate Life, Diabetes Research Association of America or a . Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home has assisted the family with arrangements. www.herlihy-chambers.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 12, 2018
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