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Donald E. Crall

November 10, 1936 — January 19, 2021

Donald E. Crall

Donald E. Crall, 84, of Bucyrus, passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He had a fun and adventurous life with his family and friends. By the grace of God, many of those loved ones were present with him during his passing.

Don was born November 10, 1936 in Bucyrus to the late Richard and Mabel (Spiegel) Crall and was a 1954 graduate of Holmes Liberty High School. On July 27, 1958 he married Marlene L. Hinaman with whom he shared nearly 60 years of marriage before her death in 2018.

Don was raised on the farm and loved the lessons his dad taught him while growing up. He enjoyed all aspects of farming and proudly cared for livestock, especially his flock of sheep, and his land as well as the family farm throughout his life. In addition to farming, he spent 40 years at Timken. Donnie, as he was referred to by co-workers, enjoyed his time spent at the roller bearing plant and made many friendships along the way.

Don's greatest priorities in life were God and spending time with his family. He was a present and active father and grandfather who enjoyed being with those he loved. He often traveled with his family going on a variety of trips with some of his favorites being those out west to visit his brother and family, Gatlinburg, the Amish and Alaska. Even though Don was a member of Scioto United Methodist Church, where he loved helping with their Strawberry Festival, he will be remembered as one of the best non-members of Good Hope Lutheran Church. He attended every Sunday with family, proudly supported his wife’s involvement and enjoyed helping with Thanksgiving dinners provided by the church. Don was also a Trustee with Liberty Twp. and supported those involved in 4-H, serving as an advisor for many years.

Throughout his life, Don or “Big D” as many family and friends referred to him was active in sports, with basketball and bowling being some of his favorites. He spent many years coaching girl’s basketball at both the junior high and high school level with successful careers at Lykens, Wynford, and Wayside. When not coaching, he enjoyed attending Wynford sporting events and supporting his children and grandchildren in all of their events, activities, and interests.

Don is survived by his loving family including his five children, Michael (Julie) Crall, Melodie Reed, Marla (Mark) Scheffler, Melinda (Mike) Crall-Cauley and Melissa (Bart) Christman; ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Beth) Crall, Aaron (Ashley) Crall, Amanda Crall, Brittany Crall, Todd (Kenzie) Crall, Heather (Tyler) Green, Donielle Crall, Morgan (Justin) Metzger, Jack Reed, and Gunner Christman; seven great-grandchildren, Brett, Brynn, Bria, Avery, Archer, Faith and Genesis. He is also survived by a brother, James (Sue) Crall; sisters-in-law, Diana Crall, Joyce Crall and Mary K Kottyan, as well as many special nieces, nephews and cousins.

Along with his wife, Marlene, Don was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle, Larry, and Charles (Janet) Crall.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Don’s life will be celebrated privately, and he will be buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Since Don passed of complications due to COVID-19, his family would like to remind everyone how precious life is and that we should take this virus seriously by wearing masks and following protocols. We know it is challenging but sacrifices are worth it to keep others safe.

Donations can be made payable to the Good Hope Organ or Stained Glass Window Fund; Scioto UMC; Liberty Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. or to Avita Hospice. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home.

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