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Donald E. Longfellow, Sr.

Donald Eugene Longfellow, Sr., 85, passed away peacefully Monday, July 12, 2010 at his residence.

He was born December 8, 1924 in Fountain City, the son of the Fred and Tacy Powell Longfellow. He joined the US Marine Corps on his 17th birthday, the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He served the duration of World War Two in the Pacific Theatre fighting from island to island toward victory and was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Sergeant.

Mr. Longfellow married the former Willia Mae Heigle on December 30, 1954. They shared 40 years of marriage and raised 5 sons before her death on May 26, 1995.

He was employed by AVCO for 26 years before retiring. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing cards. He was a member and past officer of the Richmond Conservation Club. Above all, Mr. Longfellow was a very patriotic American and proud Marine. He was an active member of the Marine Corps League-Whitewater Valley Detachment.

Mr. Longfellow will be missed by his sons, Donald Longfellow Jr., Richmond; Robbie Longfellow, Orlando, Florida; Jeff Longfellow and Tim Longfellow, both of Richmond; and Joe Longfellow, Fountain City; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Phyllis Baldschun and Doris Brandon, both of Greenville, Ohio; 1 brother, Maurice Longfellow, Greenville, Ohio, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Longfellow was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters, Pauline Lacey, Ilene Cotter and Cleona Willis; brothers, Wilson Longfellow, Kenneth Powell, Robert Longfellow, Howard Pursley and Everett Longfellow.

Mr. Longfellow's life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 16, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment with full military rites will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Marine Corps League Toys 4 Tots, 200 South 9th Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

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To Don's Family,
Sorry for your great loss your dad truely was a treasure. I went to school with Tim and Joey also Jeff and Tim have worked for my dad at Enivortech

Mark and Mary Kendall Jul 18 2010 12:00 AM

To the family of Don Longfellow:
I worked at the Marine Corps League and got to know your Dad very well. He was a very kind man. He spoked often of the war and his military service. He was an orginal, no one else like him. I will miss him he was always nice to me. My prayers are with you at this time.

Garnet Wysong Jul 18 2010 12:00 AM


We are so sorry for your loss.
You and your family are in our prayers.

Bob and Chris

Bob and Chris Walker Jul 16 2010 12:00 AM

To Tim, Joey, and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You are in our thoughts.

Rex and Lisa (Railsback) Phelps and Family Jul 15 2010 12:00 AM

To Tim, Joey, and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You are in our thoughts.

Rex and Lisa (Railsback) Phelps and Family Jul 15 2010 12:00 AM

Joey, Donnie and families,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. We did not know him, but thru you both we can see what a wonderful man he must have been. And Joey, we loved hearing the stories you told about your Dad when you were at our house. His memories will help you through this sad time. And remember, he is not gone-just away. God bless you all.

Joe and Terri Cox Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prays go out to all the family. I went to Northeastern with Jeff, class of "78". Keep all of your memories close and enjoy them often.

Marlene Wolfal - Lambert Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

My Dad, Jim Cope, and Don loved to
fish. I remember what a good friend Don was to my Dad and to my Mom after Dad's death. The Longfellow boys and my brothers played many a summer day together when they were little boys. Our family sincerely wishes you comfort in your time of sadness.

Sandra (Cope) Turner Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

I would like to send my condolences to all the boys and there families. I know that this will be a very hard time for all of you. Just remember the good times and the fond memories. That along with family and friends will help you through this painful time.

Angie (Cope) Miller Jul 14 2010 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the family of Don. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss sitting with Don while he talked about his endeavors in his life with us. We are proud to have gotten to know him. He was a good man.

Mark & Andrea Minor Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM