GAMBIER — Donald Earl Laymon, 86, of Gaskin Avenue, Gambier, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 9, 1924, in Gambier to the late Stephen and Edna (Vernon) Laymon. Donald served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He retired in 1979 after 33 years of employment with the Gambier Post Office. Donald served as a council member for the village of Gambier, was a founding member of the Gambier Fish Club and a Boy Scout leader. Donald was an active member of the Union Grove Church of Christ. He was a family man first and foremost and will be sadly missed by many.
He is survived by a son, Charles (Carolyn) Laymon of Gambier; a daughter, Linda (Bradley) Salva of Youngsville, Pa.; five grandchildren, Eric (Gera) Salva, Joshua (Jade) Laymon, Jay (Chrissie) Laymon, Kyle (Heather) Salva and Amy Laymon; 13 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Jane Laymon-Kasper; sister-in-law, Eleanor Laymon; and dear friend, Edith Cosner.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Waneta Faye Laymon; a son, Joseph Laymon; two brothers, Paul Laymon and Gordon Laymon; and a sister, Gladys Hillier.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Union Grove Church of Christ, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Mr. Victor Slutz will officiate. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Donald Earl Laymon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Grove Cemetery or to lustgarten.com a research center for pancreatic cancer.
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