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FERRIS, Donald L. age 87, of Hamilton, died on June 11, 2012 at home. Donald was born on a farm near Morning Sun in Preble County, OH on August 20, 1924 to Forrest and Jessie (Douglass) Ferris. He graduated from Camden High School in 1942. He served in the United States Marine Corps from May 22, 1943 until he was honorably discharged on May 2, 1946. Donald was awarded the Purple Heart for his valor and sacrifice in combat on Iwo Jima. Due to the G.I. bill, he was able to attend Miami University, graduating with a B.S. in Business in 1949. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Laws at Ohio State University in 1951 and was admitted to the bar in 1952. He established his private law practice in Hamilton where he practiced law with compassion and integrity. He served as an assistant Butler County prosecuting attorney, a member of the Hamilton Planning Commission, and a member of the Hamilton Board of Education. He was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League of America and served as its national president. He also served as president of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony. His hobbies included trap shooting and golf. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Reed) Ferris; two sisters Jetta (Ferris) Heger of Hamilton, and Carol (Ferris) Edwards of Walnut Creek, CA; his four children from his first marriage, Gail Ferris and wife, Karen of Arlington VA, Carl Ferris and wife, Mary of Hamilton, Laura Andersen and husband, David of Cincinnati, and Martha Risner and husband, David of Liberty Township; and nine grandchildren, Veronica Ferris, Carly Ferris, Matthew Andersen, Christopher Andersen, Isabelle Andersen, Josephine Risner, Olivia Risner, Molly Risner and Grace Risner. He is also survived by step-children Theodore Flynn, Lana Crabtree, Janet Gage, and Timothy Flynn; and 9 step-grandchildren. Memorials can be directed to Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. He has donated his body to the University of Cincinnati for medical research. A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.

Published in Journal-News from June 13 to June 15, 2012
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