Donald Earl "Don" McCune, Sr., 87, a resident of the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown, for several years, formerly of Port Washington, passed away early Saturday morning, Sept. 5, 2015, in the Riverside Manor care facility.
Don was born Feb. 12, 1928, in Akron, a son of the late Charles H. McCune Sr. and Elizabeth Dawson McCune, who both died in 1981. After attending Port Washington High School, Don enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1945 and served this tour of duty at the conclusion of World War II. He then served a second tour of duty with the Marines from 1949 until 1953 during the Korean War. When Don return to civilian life, he was employed at the former Ross Clay Products, Gnadenhutten, for several years. He then went to work for General Tire and Rubber Company, Newcomerstown, where he was employed for over 31 years until his retirement. Don was a longtime member of the former First Baptist Church (New Hope Church), Port Washington and was a former member of the Darrell Beiter Post 3303, Newcomerstown VFW. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as his favorite activities.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Baker McCune, Port Washington, who died on Dec. 8, 2000. Don and Norma were married on Aug. 6, 1971. Also deceased are two sons, Patrick D. McCune, Massillon, and Michael D. McCune, Nashport; an infant daughter, Keli Ann McCune, Port Washington; and an infant sister, Lillian McCune, Akron. He was also preceded in death by a brother and his wife, Charles H. "Chuck" and Ruth Eckelberry McCune, Port Washington; sister, Kathleen Heston and husband Eugene Heston, Port Washington; and sister, Ruth Swigert Burrows, Newcomerstown, and her husbands, Lyle Swigert, Newcomerstown, and Robert Burrows, Doylestown.
Don is survived by two sons and their wives, Donald E. and Sharna McCune, Jr., Newcomerstown, and Shawn S. and Vickie McCune, Port Washington. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Mary Lou and Harold "Hod" Huston, Port Washington; and two additional daughters-in-law, Vicki McCune, Massillon and Cassandra McCune, Nashport.
Don's family wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of the administration and staff of Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of their comfort and care during his many years at Riverside. Also, special thanks to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County for their compassion and comfort care during the past few months.
Funeral services to celebrate Don's life were Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastor Mike Crank of the New Hope Church officiated the services
Burial followed in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard provided military graveside services.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Don's name to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Stark Counties, 716 Commercial Ave., SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.