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Donald Richard Horvath

February 8, 1936 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 84)

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DONALD RICHARD HORVATH

Donald Richard Horvath, age 84 of Gnadenhutten, Ohio, passed away at the Truman Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia, surrounded by his loving family on May 12, 2020 from complications from trachea surgery.

Donald was born in Barton, Ohio, on February 8, 1936 to Frank and Julia (Kuhn) Horvath. Donald was one of eleven children. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Frank, Albert, Ronald, James and recently his brother John "Jack" Horvath and four sisters, Kaye Clifford, Helen Matthews, Dorothy Shrieve and Betty Manukin, his son Donnie and two daughters Cindy and Melody.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Frances, and two daughters, Joni (Rick) Hostetler of Gnadenhutten, Ohio and Vicki (Jim) Bowen of Tavares, Florida along with a brother, Robert Horvath of Dillonvale, Ohio. Six grandchildren Jason (Kelli) Hostetler of Port Washington, Barry (Marley) Hostetler of Dover, Cory (Amanda) Roth of Uhrichsville, Casey ( Gary Chowns) Roth of Georgia, Stephanie (Cory) Brandon of Morristown and Jeremy (Tesha) Horvath of Florida. Fourteen great grandchildren complete the family along with several nieces and nephews.

Donald served in the United States Army at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas from September 1953 to July 1956. He was deployed to Germany with the rank of a Sergeant during that time period. Donald was a very hard worker and took pride in every job he had. Upon his departure from the Army he worked for Alsco Aluminum in Gnadenhutten for several years until the plant closed and he retired. Donald and Frances then managed Buckhorn Village Apartments in Newcomerstown for several years until they decided to make the move to live in Florida in 1998. Once in Florida, Donald worked at the Lake County Flea Market for five years until he finally retired in 2005. Also while in Florida, Donald would drive cars for a car lot to move the cars from place to place. In 2016 they moved back to Ohio due to health problems for Frances so they could be around more family to help. Donald enjoyed attending sporting events for his grandchildren as they were growing up and attended a lot of his great grandchildren's events. He enjoyed many family picnics, birthday parties for the little ones and sitting around the firepit with family. He also enjoyed spending time with his two grand dogs Jax and Dante'.

Due to the COVID 19 health crisis, a private service will be held at Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home in Uhrichsville, Ohio. A graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Pastor Brian Flood will officiate.  Donald’s family is extremely grateful for the care and compassion provided by the Truman Hospice House of Tuscarawas County during his illness and the nursing staff at Select Medical at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family at Joni Hostetler, P. O. Box 435, Gnadenhutten, Ohio 44629.

 

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