Donald L. “Don” Method, 82

Donald L. “Don” Method, 82, of rural New Knoxville, died at 11:29 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the ER Department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, following a sudden illness, with his daughter at his side.

He was born on 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, he married Patricia A. Jay, who is also deceased.

On Oct. 3, 1996, 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, Pa.; three stepchildren, Jean Ann (Steve) Turner of Waynesfield; Richard B. Hennon of Lima and William “Bill” (Diane) Method of Wapakoneta; stepdaughter-in-law Lorie Hennon of Botkins; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Kelly B. Hennon, and two brothers, Norman L. Method and Larry D. Method.

Donald retired in 1976 with 21 years of service as a sergeant first class in the Army from Fort Knox. He had served in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Germany and several bases in the United States.

He had worked at Warsaw Plating Works prior to joining the service. After the military, he worked as a service manager at Parker Motor Sales and later Fowler’s TV 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 that was all he needed.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the 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 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research or the VFW Post 6772.

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