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Donnie Longfellow

   Donald E. “Donnie” Longfellow, Jr., 65, formerly of Fountain City, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 20, 2021. 

   Donnie was born in Richmond, Indiana on July 30, 1955 to Donald E., Sr. & Willia Mae Heigle Longfellow, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1975 graduate of Northeastern High School and later graduated from the 60th Session of The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

   Donnie enjoyed a 23-year career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, beginning in 1977. He served under Sheriffs John Catey, Larry Blunk, Dusty Davis, Burton Cole, Jerry Williams and Matt Strittmatter before retiring in 2000. Donnie was a member of FOP #63 and served as President in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

   Donnie later worked as a driver for Milso Midwest and Matthews International, delivering caskets to funeral homes around Indiana. He was a 25-year member of Whitewater Masonic Lodge #159. Donnie enjoyed fishing and tinkering with cars when better health permitted.

   Donnie will be missed by his loving companion and caregiver, Patricia Hagy Helms; daughters, Emily Moore and Natalie Martin & husband, Jack; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brothers, Robbie Longfellow, Jeff Longfellow, Tim Longfellow and Joe Longfellow; and several nieces & nephews.  

   Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Thursday, June 24, at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, June 25 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Earlham Cemetery.

   Whitewater Masonic Lodge #159 will conduct a Masonic Service at 7:45 pm on Thursday, June 24 at the funeral home.

   Memorial contributions are encouraged for Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420.


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To the family of Donnie and his wonderful companion, Pat, you have my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.
Donnie was a great Brother in Law Enforcement and friend.
I'm so very THANKFUL to Joni and Jerry Williams for opening up their home for a little gathering a couple of years ago in which Donnie, Pat and I joined them to share some of our memories. That will always be a very SPECIAL time for me.
Fly high with the Angels Donnie and know that we will always miss you.

Emma Smith-Newcomb Jul 4 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to the entire family. Donnie was my friend and neighbor growing up in Fountain City. He had impeccable manners, which I attribute to his mom who was the epitome of a lady. Donnie was involved in finding my brothers body when he was discovered in a ditch several days later. He was ever so patient to listen to my cries of grief and was wise to spare me some of the details. Donnie knew who I thought killed my brother and was calm and level-headed, always a good samaritan. I have only positive thoughts of him throughout his whole life; thats a good legacy.

R Norman Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

Donnie you always could make me smile! You are so missed!! Give my daddy, papa and Gi and my grandma Pat a big hug for me!! Fly high!!

Mandi Fox Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM

Don ole pal, your stories, sense of humor, love of life and long friendship will be greatly missed! Tell Lymon and Rick we miss them too.

Jerry & Joni Williams Jun 24 2021 12:00 AM

We sure shared a lot of laughs one summer. Fly High my friend. Fly High. Love You
Angie Smith

Angela Smith Jun 24 2021 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed working with Donnie, sometimes under very stressful conditions. A good deputy, and a better man ... RIP friend.

Steve Shackleford Jun 24 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Donnie was a great friend, my brother Larry and him liked to play jokes on everybody. Donnie will be missed.

Bob Hart Jun 22 2021 12:00 AM

We sure had some good times back in the day. We're gonna miss you buddy. My sympathy goes out to your family and friends. Until we meet again...
Dave & Jenny Doerflein

Dave Doerflein Jun 22 2021 12:00 AM

My prayers of comfort to Donnie family and friends. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a fine man and so kind.

Pam carpenter Jun 21 2021 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace, BIG HUSKY, Great Friend for many years, We had alot of great times. The Farm Ponds in Heaven will never be the same, wet a line ole buddy

Jeff Thompson Jun 21 2021 12:00 AM

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