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Donald E. Black, 78, of Van Wert, passed away at 6:10 AM Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. He was born January 28, 1940 in Fort Wayne, IN a son of Kenneth & Mildred (Stevens) Black, both of whom are deceased.
He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Ann (Bruce) Dowler of Convoy, a step-son Steve (Victoria) Gribler, a step-daughter Pam Collins, three grandchildren, Grace, Sydney and Hayden Dowler and several step-grand and step great grand children. He is also survived by his significant other, Karen Speakman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Black and a brother, Bob Black.
Don spent 15 years as a production employee of International Harvester in Fort Wayne and after that he owned Don's Den in Van Wert for many years.
He served his country in the United States Air Force spending most of his enlistment in the Philippines. He was a member of Van Wert V.F.W. Post 5803, Van Wert American Legion Post 178, Middle Point Amvets and Van Wert Elks 1197.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, April 27, at Brickner Funeral Home with Rev. Jody Harr officiating. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 2:00 PM till 7:00 PM Thursday, April 26 and 1 hour prior to services on Friday. Burial will follow in Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.
The family has requested memorials to be directed to Van Wert Youth Baseball.