Donald L. “Mick” McDermitt, 81, of St. Marys, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was born Aug. 31, 1932, in New Bremen; the son of Clarence “Shorty” and Cordelia (Quellhorst) McDermitt.
Don graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School in 1950. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 and served four years. After his military time, he worked as a mechanic at Dull’s Texaco Service Station. In 1965, he decided to pursue a college degree, and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada. He later pursued a master’s degree at Wright State University and Ball State University. He taught Industrial Technology at New Bremen Local Schools for 24 years.
On Oct. 9, 1954, he married Mary Alice (Ruwoldt) McDermitt and she survives at the residence. Also surviving are their two sons: Steve (Bert) McDermitt, of New Bremen, and Eric (Nancy) McDermitt, of Fort Wayne, Ind. He is survived by six grandchildren: Douglas (Angela) McDermitt, of Centerville, Matthew (Tessa) McDermitt, of Minster, Greg (April) McDermitt, of Middletown, Katie McDermitt, of Indianapolis, Julie McDermitt, of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Andrew McDermitt of Fort Wayne, Ind. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by two sisters: Shirley (Verl) Gayer, of Gainesville, Fla.; Sue (Jim) Schnelle, of St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Betty Monroe, of St. Marys; a brother-in-law, Leonard (Shirley) Ruwoldt, of Wapakoneta. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Mick loved teaching, restoring antique cars, woodworking and traveling. Since his summers were free, he took month long trips to Alaska, Europe, Nova Scotia and chaperoned students on trips to the Bahamas and to Japan as part of the Sister City Organization.
In complying with Mick’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private burial service with Masonic Rites will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO BOX 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mick had requested that his life be celebrated by his friends, co-workers and family. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the New Bremen Senior Citizens Center, 700 East Monroe Street, New Bremen. Everyone is urged to attend this time of celebration and closure. Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to Mick’s family via Millerfuneralhomes.net.