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Donald Warner "Don" Stelzer

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Donald Warner "Don" Stelzer Obituary
Stelzer Donald "Don" Warner Stelzer, age 95, of Pataskala, Ohio, passed away on May 31, 2017 at home in Pataskala, Ohio. Don was born in Columbus, Ohio to Edwin and Marie Stelzer on October 11, 1921. Don grew up on the east side of Columbus on Stelzer Road near the airport and attended East High School. He married Mildred (Rhodeback) Stelzer on August 19, 1943 with whom he had an amazing 68-year marriage until her death in 2011. Don proudly served in World War II in the European theater as an Army Technical Sergeant in the 415th Ordnance Evacuation Company. After the war, Don held positions at the Pataskala Machine Shop, North American Aviation and Lucent Technology. Don enjoyed traveling extensively around the United States with his family, was an avid hunter and lifetime member of the NRA. Throughout his life he could always be found tinkering or repairing anything he could get his hands on. Don served as a board member of the Pataskala Cemetery for 69 years and was an honorable veteran, loving husband, father and friend. Always a great story teller, he was truly a selfless individual and always put the needs of others first. He had a generous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred Rhodeback Stelzer and brother Jerry Stelzer. He is survived by his brother, William (Ruth) Stelzer; brother, James (Liz) Stelzer; brother-in-law, Edwin (Sharon) Rhodeback; sister-in-law, Nanette (Pete) Pendergast; daughter, Sherry D. Engle; son, Monte (Pam) Stelzer; grandchildren, John, Brian, Steven, Nathan and Angela; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call between 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at KAUBER-FRALEY FUNERAL HOME at 289 S. Main St., Pataskala, Ohio 43062. Service will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Calvin Alexander officiating. Interment to follow at the Pataskala Cemetery. The family would like to thank Hospice of Central Ohio for their outstanding care over the past several months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio or to the Pataskala Cemetery Association. An online memorial will be available at www.kauberfraley.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 2, 2017
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