I never had the opportunity to meet Don but have heard stories from his daughter Lorrie and know that he was loved. I know the feeling of losing a father and how heartbreaking it is. Cherish the memories you have made with him and know he is at peace. My condolences to the entire family, I pray for peace and comfort for all of you.
Although I just met Don a few months ago, I feel as if I have known him for a few years through his daughter Lorrie. I loved hearing of his lifelong adventures and all the things that he and Mary Jo did in the many years they were married. He always sounded like such an interesting man and it was such a pleasure to meet both him and his wife Mary Jo. When I did finally meet him, it was as if I had known him personally for years. Very kind and personable. I believe he was the type of man that never met a stranger. It was so sad to hear of his passing, I know he will be missed by many. I hope the family will find comfort in the fact that due to his faith he is at rest with our heavenly father Jesus Christ. May he rest in Peace.
What a blessing it was for our family to have Don as a neighbor and become his friend. I think it was my husband who started referring to him as Mr. Don and it stuck. We all found ourselves calling him Mr. Don. Both my sons found Don to be a joy to be around and always enjoyed their visits with him. Don was one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I have missed the familiar sounds of Mr. Don so many times since he and Mary Jo moved to Florida. I miss the sound of his scratching in his yard, seeing him working on one project or another, looking across the yard seeing him practicing his putting, and the sweetest sight as I turned into my driveway was to notice Don sitting in his rocking chair enjoying an afternoon nap with the sun shining on him. He loved feeling the warmth of the sun and in the winter sitting on the fireplace hearth as he warmed his backside. We used to tease him that he was going to set himself on fire. A welcoming sight was always Don’s favorite straw hat hanging on that white wicker rocker. The impromptu get togethers we shared at each other’s houses became something I so looked forward to. I can’t not mention what a good cook Mary Jo is and how she enjoyed fixing Don’s favorites. One never goes hungry around Mary Jo. I have the fondest memories of the stories shared sitting on our deck. Don and Mary Jo had many fun experiences to reminisce about and share with us. They seemed to enjoy life to the fullest. I remember one night after sharing a story with us about his younger days, Don leaned forward and told me with a chuckle and a gleam in his eye that he used to be a “bad boy”. We all laughed so hard. It was just proof that Don made sure he enjoyed his adventures. Don lived his life as an example of how to show people acceptance, respect, and kindness. Don was loved by many, will be missed but never forgotten by those who were lucky enough to have known him and called him friend. Dear Mr. Don may you rest in peace.
I am honored to have known Don as my neighbor for his last few years in South Carolina. He was an exceptionally gentle and kind-hearted man, and was always looking for ways to help those around them. Although I'm sure I could think of plenty of examples, one particularly comes to mind from about a year ago. One afternoon I was out in the yard, and Mary Jo came over to tell me that Don was looking for me. It turned out Don had found a rabbit stretched out sort of awkwardly on the grass behind their house and was very worried that it might be hurt. I guess because he knew I also love animals and have a reputation as a "nature person", he wanted to know if I could tell what had happened to this rabbit or if there was anything we could do to help it. It turned out there was nothing actually wrong with the rabbit – it was just taking a kind of siesta on their grass – but it was so characteristic of Don to be worried about even the smallest thing who looked like they might be hurting.
I will also remember Don well for his extraordinary patience, diligence, resourcefulness, and easy-going nature. In his final years, even if he could be stubborn in asserting a certain amount of independence (I know, Mary Jo, I know...), in all honesty I always admired his enduring zest for life, and I saw in him a model of contending with the limitations of its later stages with grace and dignity. I know that his easy smile and gentle laugh will long echo in the memories of those who had the privilege to know him.
Rest in peace, Don.
God bless,we will love and miss you forever.You were always a very special man in our lives.
Mickey and Lorrie Shue