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Donald Henry Schindewolf

Donald H. Schindewolf, 89, went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2021. Don proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of St Francis de Sales Parish and the Knights of Columbus. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a millwright with 44 years of service.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father who will be greatly missed.

Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Ellen.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Frances; children, David (Kathleen), William (Cherie), John (Carolyn) and Mary (Jun) Masui; 14 grandchildren,  9 great grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends.

Special thanks to Mary Ellen at Cleveland Clinic Hospice and the 4th floor south staff at Barberton Hospital, especially, Tiffany, Cody and Deborah.

Private inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family at Holy Cross Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life Mass to be announced in May.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St Francis de Sales Parish for the Parish School or Memorare Center in memory of Don.


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Don was my Godfather. I have lost someone who all my life made me feel so special because he agreed to be my Godfather. Having him and Fran for Godparents was to me an anchor. They remembered my brothers and me on our birthdays and Christmas. They were devoted friends of my mama and they made me feel secure in their love throughout my childhood and my adulthood.

Although they lived in another state and we very seldom saw them, just knowing they were in my life was a gift I will always cherish.

Don was a wonderful man and I am sure heaven rejoiced over him with singing when he got there.

Barbara McCrary Apr 18 2021 12:00 AM

Fun times with the Schindewolfs were had by the Bernat Family. I recall Don's patience while boating and trying like heck to get me stand up on those water ski's.

Buster (Don's nickname for me and would say it with a lisp)

Therese Bernat Vorraber Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

My favorite memory was Don took me and Dave swimming at the Goodyear Yacht Club in Portage Lakes. Pulling that boat up hill on Portage Lakes Dr just before S Main St. Some punks in a hot rod tried to pass us. Don stomped on the gas and blew their doors off while pulling that boat up hill. He was 2Tuff4TV! He also had that gigantic model plane hanging in the garage for years. I never did see it fly though. He always had a devilsh grin, chomping on a cigar. A few years back when I shared I had the same habit, he said he quit, you better too. So I did. Godspeed to heaven, Don!

Jim Kiel Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Fran and your family on your loss. May God grant you peace at this most difficult time.

Joan (Miller) Skarl Feb 28 2021 12:00 AM

Don was a true hero. Not for his military service alone, but for the way he lived his life. A dedicated son, father and husband. A kind soul of faith and dedication. Men like Don are few and far between, and this is a great loss. I am sure that Ellen has welcomed him home.
Irene Weller

Irene Weller Feb 25 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences go out to the entire Schindewolf family for your loss of an honorable and loving man.May your manyhappy memories of him last forever and warm your hearts each time you think of him.We are grateful for his loyal service to our country andraising such a wonderful family over his lifetime.God bless Donald and his entire family.
Sincerely Dave and Lori Wood

Dave Wood Feb 24 2021 12:00 AM

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Donald Henry Schindewolf, give you peace, comfort and strength

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of .

US Air Force Veteran, Donald Henry Schindewolf, is A True American Hero God Bless

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum Feb 23 2021 12:00 AM