Donald L. "Don" Method, 82, of rural New Knoxville, died at 11:29 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, in the E.R. Deptartment of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys, following a sudden illness, with his daughter at his side. He was born May 23, 1931, in Warsaw, Ind., a son of Burdette Hartman and Helen Louise Crowl Method, who are deceased. In 1949, he married Norma J. Slater, who is deceased, and in 1955, married Patricia A. Jay, who also is deceased. On Oct. 3, 1966, he married Letha A. Hager Hennon, who survives.
Also surviving are four children: Laura L. (Walter) Saladana, of Warsaw, Ind., Kathryn E. (Ray) Saladana, of Winchester, Ind., James M. Method of Warsaw, Ind. and Sandra L. (Dennis) McLaughlin of Beaver, Penn.; three step-children, Jean Ann (Steve) Turner, of Waynesfield, Richard B. Hennon, of Lima, William "Bill" (Diane) Method, of Wapakoneta; and step-daughter-in-law, Lorie Hennon, of Botkins; seven grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.
A stepson, Kelly B. Hennon, preceded in death, and also two brothers, Norman L. Method and Larry D. Method.
Donald retired in 1976 with 21 years of service as a Sgt. First Class in the Army from Fort Knox. He had served in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Germany and several bases in the U.S. He had worked at Warsaw Plating Works prior to the service. After the military, he worked as service manager at Parker Motor Sales and later Fowler's T.V. and Entertainment Center, both in St. Marys. He was a life member of VFW Post he worked as service manager at Parker Motor Sales and later Fowler's T.V. and Entertainment Center, both in St. Marys. He was a life member of VFW Post 6772 in Spencerville, and a member of the American Legion Post in New Knoxville.
He loved his family and his home and good coffee. He said thats all he needed.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with Rev. David W. Howell officiating. Burial will follow in the Kossuth Cemetery, with military rites by the VFW and Legion members. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Monday, and after 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the VFW Post 6772.
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