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Donald PetroDonald E. Petro, Jr., 83, of Fountain City, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Rosebud Village in Richmond.
Don was born in Union County, Indiana on April 22, 1932 to John T. and Mary Elizabeth Creek Petro, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1950 graduate of Short High School in Liberty. He served in the US Navy from January 1952 until December 1955.
In 1956, he followed in his fatherâs footsteps to become a second generation Trooper in the Indiana State Police, retiring in 1976 after 20 years of service. He then became Director of Transportation for Richmond Community Schools.
In 1979, Don met and married Linda L. Gibbs. He attended Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he served the Lord in many ways. He enjoyed people and never met a stranger. He also loved traveling, which he and Linda did frequently. They loved taking cruises with many friends they met while square dancing with Hoosier Corners Square Dance Club.
Don will be missed by his wife of 36 years, Linda Petro; daughters, Vonda (Stephe) Wilson, Mary Ellen (Murray) Williamson, Lisa Umbright; step-children, Brian Gibbs, Lisa (Danny) Newland, and Lori (Ken) Braden; 11 grandchildren, Kerri and Adam Staab, Allison and Natalie Tresslar, Anna (James) Knipp, Katie Wilson, Hannah and Jacob Newland, and Nicolas, Daniel and Eli Braden; and 3 great-grandchildren, and his brother, John âTedâ (Kay) Petro, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Petro, and son-in-law, Douglas Tresslar.
A celebration of Donâs life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or online at http://www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html .
Linda, Vonda, Mary Ellen, Lisa. I'm so sorry for hearing about Don's passing. When we worked together at the Connersville Post, we had many good times together. The last time I saw Don was in 1998, when he came to my retirement. Again I'm so sorry. Thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Jan Whitaker
Stephen W. Whitaker Nov 14 2015 12:00 AM
Linda,Vonda,Mary Ellen and Lisa. I recently heard of Don's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you. When I first heard the news, instantly my memories went back to all the good times our families had over the years. I will always hold a special place place in my heart for these memories.
Mark and Jan Lacey Nov 12 2015 12:00 AM
Linda,you are in our in our thoughts and prayers . We ask God's help to give you comfort and peace.
Janet Newland Nov 12 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Linda and family,
Sorry we can't be there in person to give you a hug. But know our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have such wonderful memories of our cruises together in the 90's. I always appreciated Don's service not only to the State Police but also his dedication to kids as he provided transportation to RCS and his service to FCWC driving the church bus and other ministries he participated in over the years. Take comfort in knowing that his mind is now fully restored and he is at peace and he roams the streets of Heaven.
Ron and Idris Smith
Idris Smith Nov 12 2015 12:00 AM
Linda and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Don's passing. We are glad that the two of you could enjoy our home when we moved.
Thoughts and prayers, Steve and Debbie
Debbie Weadick Nov 12 2015 12:00 AM
Linda & Family, so sorry to hear about Don. Prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I remember Don always had a smile on his face and a kind way about him. I'm glad I got the chance to get to know him and you and work with him at the bus garage.
Kay & Family
Kay (Hammer) Hart Nov 12 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Linda & family,
Sorry we can not be there to extend our condolences, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. A big hug to Linda.
Tom & Tye Hill Nov 11 2015 12:00 AM
I was so sorry to learn of Don's passing. He not only was a co-worker with my dad (Bob Bergen) on the State Police but also was one of my dad's very good friends. I have so many fond - and funny! - memories of Don. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Diana Bergen Thornburg
Diana Thornburg Nov 11 2015 12:00 AM
Linda and Family:
We are saddened by this news, but remember such laughter all the times we were with you and Don and my parents; Tony & Joyce Allen. They must be in heaven laughing together again. I know they thought the world of Don and a better friend, no one could ask for. He was loved.
We will be thinking of you and the family in the coming days.
Bill & Karen Mueller
Karen Mueller Nov 10 2015 12:00 AM
He will be missed very much. He always brightened our days. Our building will miss seeing his sweet wife, who loved him dearly.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18
Rosebud Village Nov 10 2015 12:00 AM