Don W. Myers Sr., 92, Seymour, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, July 25, 2013, at home with his wife and granddaughter by his side.
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Born Nov. 13, 1920, in Seymour, he was the son of the late Robert and Carrie (Ward) Myers. On Feb. 2, 1980, he married the love of his life, Dana Lee Pataky, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Don graduated from Shields High School with the class of 1938 and attended Franklin College. He returned to Seymour to join in the founding of Kocolene with his mother and two brothers. He then spent a period of time with the U.S. Army Infantry from the years of 1944 to 1946, where he proudly served his country. Afterward, he returned to Seymour where he raised his family, began his business endeavors and built his legacy.
In 1963, his vestige began with seven gasoline stations, but his keen business sense impelled him to the founding of Swifty Oil Co., which expanded to 181 gasoline stations and convenience marts multiplying in a number of states. Never settling on his visions, in 1972 he founded Swifty Farms and advanced it to become Indiana's largest thoroughbred racing and breeding farm. Amid his constant support to the community, he was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church, Seymour Elks Club, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, where he served on the advisory board for six years, the Indiana Gasoline Marketers Association, where he also was on the board of directors, and during the 1950s he served on the Seymour Aviation Board. Don was the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce 2007 Citizen of the Year and in 2008 he was inducted into the Wall of Fame at Seymour High School.
He was very instrumental in developing thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana, as well as his heavy involvement in thoroughbred racing throughout North America. He also was a member of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Indiana's Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Devoted to Jackson County, Don was a silent philanthropist, and many charities were blessed by his unwavering support.
Don is survived by his children, Jolene Endicott, Donald W. (Judy) Myers Jr., Jane (Dan) Henkle and Jenny Ruth (Dr. Harry); stepdaughters, Lisa (Matt) Brown and Denise (Rick) Lawton; Todd Scifres, a neighbor, family friend and employee; grandchildren, Jay (Christine) Endicott, Jill (Deryk) Baurle, Janna (Russell) Reed, Missy (Brad) Jones, Donald W. (Cindy) Myers III, Tim Myers, Amanda (Adam) Hardebeck, Carrie (Michael) Henley, Katie (Chris) Walls, Kristen (Patrick) Riecke, Kim Henkle, D.J. (Jordyn) Henkle, Kelly (Steve) DuMond, Ted (Alex) Henkle, Tyler Henkle, Greg Ruth and Libby Ruth; step-grandchildren, Nick (Memi) Goings, Tiffany (Elvin) Jackson, Christina Lawton and Tripp Lawton; great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, Noel, Quinn, Rachel Endicott, Nicholasville, Ky.; Megan, Evan, Madalyn Baurle Seymour; Caroline, Caleb Reed, Seymour; Trey, Tyler Jones Franklin; Hayden, Lawson Myers Naples, N.Y.; Josh Hess, Lafayette; Seth Myers, Mount Dora, Fla.; MacKenna, Gus Hardebeck, Indianapolis; Brindon, Jayden, Kamden, Rylen Walls, Jeffersonville; Daniel, Aaidan, Levi, Kelsey Riecke, Fort Wayne; Kenzi, Griffin, Eli Henkle Seymour; Isaiah, Isabelle DuMond, Pennyslvania; Brooklyn Henley, Columbus; Jake Henley, Seymour; Everett Jackson, Columbus, Ohio; and Nixon-Kai Goings, Wilmington, N.C.
Don was preceded in death by great-grandchild Kami Walls; and brothers Delbert and Pat Myers.
A celebration of Don's life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Seymour, with the Rev. John Erickson and Dr. Gene Gladney officiating.
Friends may call 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Voss Chapel and from 1 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service and memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Seymour, Girls Inc. of Seymour, or the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Voss and Sons Funeral Service and Tri-County Crematory, Seymour.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Published in Tribune from July 26 to July 30, 2013