Donald "Don" C. Pettit, 85, Marion, departed this world Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2016, at 2:25 p.m. to join his wife, Betty, and son, Donald, in heaven. Don spent the last nine years of his life battling Alzheimer's disease at the VA in Marion, where he was taken care of with love. He was surrounded by family when he went to meet his Lord.
The son of the late Harvey and Grace (Locke) Pettit was born in Dillsboro. He grew up in Milan, where he played basketball for the Milan Indians. Don married his high school sweetheart, Betty F. York. They were happily married for 57 years before death did they part. Fifty of those years were spent in Marion, where they raised their children, Donald J. Pettit and Jill A. (Pettit) King. Donald and Betty enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with family.
Don was a proud patriot and was inducted into the Army in July 1952. He served his country in the Korean War for over two years and earned the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Service Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars.
He made his living as a tool and die supervisor for Fisher Body for over 30 years. Don was also the head usher at Lakeview Wesleyan Church, where he and his wife enjoyed volunteering. He was a freemason and a Post 95 American Legion member. During his free time, he enjoyed gardening and yardwork along with woodcraft, working in his shop making all kinds of things for the house that his family still enjoys using today. You name it, he could make it. He was also remembered for his athletic abilities in basketball and softball. Don was a true inspiration to those around him and a role model to so many.
Don was the father-in-law to Ileana (Barreto) Pettit, Pembroke Pines, Florida; and father to Jill A. King, Marion. He was the grandfather of Chad Swanner, Marion, Melissa Swanner, Gas City, and Paula and Gaby Pettit, Pembroke Pines, Florida. He also had three great-grandchildren, Caleb Swanner, Miami, Kiean and Isabella Swanner; and one stepgrandchild, Isaac Devine.
Don was preceded in death by his son; wife; and brothers Roger and Bill Pettit.
Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the VA Protestant Chapel, 1700 E. 38th St., Marion. Services will begin at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jim Sonnefield officiating. Burial will follow at Marion National Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, Marion. Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis IN 46209-4830. Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Published on October 25, 2016