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Donald M. Andersen went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 11, 2018, at the age of 69, after a short illness.
Don was the beloved husband of Bonnie Jean (nee Philipash) Andersen. They were married on July 21, 1973, and recently celebrated their 45th anniversary.
Don was born in Erie, PA, on February 10, 1949, to Beverly and the late Louis Andersen. He is also survived by his son, Tate (Camee Jastromb); and his daughter, Abby (JJ) Spaller, as well as grandchildren, Samantha and Luke Jastromb and Dawson and Kinsey Spaller; sister, Karen (Russ) Miller; and a brother, Mark (Marla) Andersen; nephews, Martin and Miles Andersen; and niece, Michelle (Cyrus) Massoudi.
Don graduated from Riverside High School in 1967, where he was given the nickname, "Cotton," and that name has stayed with him to this day. He attended college at Baldwin Wallace, Lakeland Community College, and Bowling Green State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1972. In 1987, he earned his Masters Degree from Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati.
Don began his teaching career in the West Geauga School System as an assistant football coach from 1972 until 1981. He then transferred to Painesville Township Schools, where he taught Math and Physical Education/Health at Riverside High School, and was the head football coach for the school from 1982 until his retirement in 2001. Very recently, he was recognized by RHS as the head football coach with the most wins in the history of the school, his record being 134 wins, 47 losses, and 1 tie. He was also head baseball coach for the school from 1985 until 1988 and 1992 until 1999. After retirement from RHS, Don joined the Mentor High School football coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator for nine years. In all of his coaching positions, he mentored numerous young men, not only in sports, but in ways to live a good life. He is highly respected by many of the athletes who played under his tutelage.
Don also played professional slow pitch softball. In 2017, he was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Slo-Pitch Hall of Fame. Don has received numerous recognitions and awards during his career. Don was an avid golfer and played in summer and winter leagues until very recently.
At his request, Donald's body was donated to Case Western Reserve University for research.
In celebration of Don's life, a prayer service led by Pastor Ken Sower of the Prince of Peace Church will be held in the auditorium of Riverside High School, on Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. This will be immediately followed by a celebration of life at the Painesville Elks Lodge, 723 Liberty St. Anyone who wishes to attend either or both of these events is encouraged to join the family. Casual dress is suggested. Please wear your favorite team colors. The family suggests any donations be sent to Prince of Peace Church (Mentor) or Hospice of the Western Reserve in memory of Donnie.
Published in The News-Herald on Sept. 13, 2018
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