Donald L. Withers, 71, died on Friday, October 15, 2021 at his home near Eaton after an extended illness.
He was born on June 14, 1950 to Lurad K. and Helen E. (Cooper) Withers in Hartford City, Indiana. Don grew up and lived all his life around the Eaton area. He graduated from Delta High School in 1968 and married the love of his life, Gloria Jean Goodman on June 10, 1992 at his home. Together they named their little piece of Heaven, “Second Chance Ranch” and “Hummingbird Haven. They seasonally had and fed nearly 30 hummingbirds and collected all things hummingbirds.
Don was a self-taught artist who played guitar and also piano. Jean had 10 green thumbs and fingers. Don retired from O’Reilly Auto Parts but previously worked as a GM mechanic, service advisor, parts manager for many area dealerships. Don also worked for Delaware County Corrections and also served as a reserve police officer.
Don is survived by his brother, Ken Withers (Mary); sister, Shannon Brisco (Kenerd); brother and sister-in-laws, Dan and Ella Odiorne, sister-in-law, Adrienne Withers; granddaughter, Jamie Smith; step-brothers, Myron, Gary, Jack and Steve Dudelston as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Jean Withers; step-mother, Virginia (Smithson) Withers; brother, Ron Withers; three sisters: Judy Graley, Pamela Graley and Loretta Mullins.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Pitman-Richman Funeral Home 200 S Hartford St., Eaton with Pastor Mark Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory, Muncie.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 and from 11:00 am until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society c/o Pitman-Richman Funeral Home P.O. Box 537, Eaton, IN 47338
Don’s family would like to thank all the staff at Brighton Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during this difficult time.
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