Donald J. Watt
1924 - 2021
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Donald J. Watt

Donald J. Watt, age 96, of Toledo, died May 5, 2021 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. He was born July 7, 1924 in Toledo to the late James and Zelma (Hall) Watt and grew up on the South End. Don graduated from Libby High School in 1942 and served in the United States Army from 1942-45, training at Camp Fannin, TX. He served with Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division in World War II. He was injured on January 3, 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge and was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart. After being discharged in 1945, Don went on to graduate from "Toledo University" in 1949 earning his bachelor's degree in engineering. He was employed for more than 35 years with Textileather, retiring in 1985 as the Quality Control Manager.

Don met the love of his life, Dorothy "Dottie" Kachenmeister, in the eighth grade and the couple was married on October 8, 1948 at Arlington Ave. Lutheran Church. It was the first wedding in the newly constructed facility. Don and Dottie loved to travel together and visited three continents and every state in the U.S. She passed away in 2006 after 58 wonderful years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lisa Cole, in 2014.

Don is survived by his children, Jim (Karen) Watt, Keith (Teri) Watt, and Julie (Don) Baker; grandchildren, Jay (Jamie) Watt, Danny (Katie) Baker, Jennie (JT) Jarboe, Nathan Watt, McKenzie (Andrew) Uxley and Hannah Watt; great- grandchildren, Noah and Elle Cole, Charlie, Drew and Avery Watt, and Tyler and Cameron Baker.

Family and friends are invited to visit in the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) on Monday, May 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 12:00 p.m. Committal services and military rites offered by the U.S. Army will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Contributions in Don's name are suggested to The Toledo Zoo.

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Published in The Blade on May 16, 2021.
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May 15, 2021
Our prayers are with Don’s family and friends. We knew Don from his occasional visits to Ramsey Bros. Restorations, where he would pass along his old issues of “Wooden Boat” magazine. We always enjoyed him seeing his and having conversations about boats, boating, and local history. We will miss his visits!

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