Don M. Newman
1923 - 2021
Veterans Funeral Care
830 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL
Don M. Newman

July 31, 1923 - Jan. 24, 2021


Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a lawyer, author, banjoist, pilot, poet, philanthropist, and parliamentarian. He owned and operated Newman's Pharmacy in Mishawaka. He served his country during WWII as a B-17 pilot & flight instructor. He served Indiana under Governors Otis R. Bowen & Robert Orr, & his Country under Presidents Ronald Reagan & George Bush, Sr. as Under Secretary of HHS and U.S. Minister to ICAO. He tried to leave his world a little better. If you wish, please remember him to the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.

Published by South Bend Tribune on Jan. 27, 2021.
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I am so saddened to learn of Don’s passing. He had a profound impact upon my life when I was a young man. In 1982, I worked as a political intern in Governor Orr’s Washington, DC office and Don was the director. I appreciated his wisdom, knowledge, and confidence in me to assign me important projects that took me to Congressional hearings, Senatorial meetings, and many other wonderful experiences. He truly taught me so much. He was a fantastic leader and such an honorable man. I wish t9 extend my sincerest condolences to his family during this sad and difficult time.
Todd Jay Leonard
March 23, 2021
February 1, 2021

I have only known Don for a few years. We met at church where I was introduced to him by a close friend of mine. Each week, I would welcome his warm, firm handshake and generous smile. When not in church, Don and I would enjoy meeting for lunch and fascinating conversions and then drive over to visit the local airport where he and I would drive around admiring the various airplanes stopping when we got close to one similar to the last one he owned. I will miss Don very much as will many others who had the chance to know him. My sincere condolences to all.

Cliff Brooks
Cliff Brooks
February 1, 2021
Please except my deepest sympathies as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you be comforted by the loved ones and support of God.
Simone Taylor
January 31, 2021
I was living in Minnesota when Don met Ginger. I heard a lot about him, then when I flew down to Florida for the wedding to meet Don, Don gave me a surprise that I never expected. I secret handshake. The secret handshake he gave me was one that only members of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity know. As it turned out Don and I were brothers. Brothers of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. We had something in common right from the start. Don got a big kick out of surprising me with that handshake and I did too. My mom pick a great guy. When I came to Florida to visit we always played a round or two of golf. I was always impressed with Don's ability to negotiate for strokes, and manage to shoot scores close to his age. Don was a true competitor, and fun guy to be around. Don always had a great story or joke to tell, he always seemed to be prepared and made giving a toast or speech look so natural. I enjoyed every moment I was with Don, even the times he took me flying with him. Don was great at everything he did because he took pride in his work. Thanks for all the memories Don, our family loved you. The Kerchner's
peter kim kerchner
January 29, 2021
A great friend and a wonderful man and all else.
Dick & Barb Harrison
January 28, 2021
I first met Mr. Newman more than 55 years ago. He always was a true gentleman and always willing to share positive thoughts with others. I remember back in around 2010 he was visiting us in LaPorte in the dead of winter. He flex in, but could not take off due to the amount of ice on the runway. Needing to move his plane into a hanger, I had the pleasure to what Don called "wing walking" his plane by pushing it left and right to get off the runway. We laughed many times about "wing walking" on the ground vs. in the air.
He will always be a great man to me.
George Baley
January 27, 2021
My mom worked with Don Newman at Newman's Pharmacy for many years. She spoke fondly of Mr. Newman. I would go to the store and he would take me over to his ice cream freezer and grab an ice cream bar and give it to me. He was soft spoken and always had a smile on his face. Condolences to his wife and to his two daughters Barb and Kathy.
Janine Ramsey
January 27, 2021
Thank you Don for being a good and courageous friend so many years ago. You made the world a better place.
Jim Lamb
January 27, 2021
I worked for Don at the pharmacy all through high school and my first 2 years at Notre Dame. He was a great boss and mentor. The last couple of years he was responsible for getting me an apprentice pharmacy license and I worked directly with him filling prescriptions.
Don was indeed a fine human being and feel honored to have know him.
RIP Don!
Jerry Berkheiser
January 27, 2021
In loving memory of a terrific man . I first knew him thru Newman's Pharmacy and thoroughly enjoyed his book .
Karolyn Kucela
January 27, 2021
I grew up 4 blocks from Newman's Pharmacy. My father and Don were very good friends. They were both pilots and had numerous adventures. I would "sneak" my first phone calls to girls on the pay phone in his store. He would watch and just smile at me when I left. I remember Don very fondly as a person I'm glad I knew when I was growing up. My sincere condolences.
Dave Penzenik
January 27, 2021
I remember my parent's speaking so highly of Mr. Neuman. One time, in the 1960's ( I think, I was less than 10) my mother was sick. We had tons of snow and she needed a prescription. Mr. Neuman drove out Jefferson Blvd., near my parents home. Our side road was impassible, so my father, rode our horse up to meet him. Please accept my sincerest condolences at his passing.
Mary (Herdman) Conner
Mary L Conner
January 27, 2021
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