Donald E. Cardinal 79 of Rootstown passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Akron General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1933 in Jamestown, NY. to the late Edward and Olive Mae (Mansfield) Richardson.
Don has lived in Rootstown since 1975, at one time for eleven years he served as a Rootstown Twp. Trustee and Zoning Inspector. He worked at the US Post Office in Ravenna from 1954 to 1964 and then retired from the Rootstown Post office on October 21, 1995. He was a member of the Rootstown Congregational Church and volunteered at Robinson Memorial Hospital. From 1975 to 1988 he and his wife owned and operated the Hickory Hills Park and Campground in Rootstown. Don served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and enjoyed doing woodworking.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary Ellen (Lohr) Cardinal whom he married December 18, 1953, daughters, Debra Ann (Jeff) Michael of Rootstown, Denise Lynn (David) Arango of Columbus, son, Donald (Joan) Cardinal II of Edinburg, 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, sister, Betty Jane (Robert) Wilmarth of Westfield, NY, daughter-in-law, Rhonda Lohr, many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Lohr.
Calling hours will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel where Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 8, 2012 with Pastor Susan Woodall officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery Ravenna, Ohio. The family ask that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rootstown Congregational Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
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