Donald Schatz


Donald A. Schatz, 88, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Twin Rivers Nursing Home.

Don was born November 1, 1925, in Defiance County, the son of Arthur and Julia (Duerk) Schatz. He was a graduate of Defiance High School, and he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Don was awarded a silver star for his service. He was a lifelong farmer, and farming and tractors were his passion. Don was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and School, Defiance, and also a member of VFW Post 3360.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ruth Schatz. Surviving are cousins.

Visitation for Don will be Monday, May 26, 2014, from 6-8 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 10-11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in St. John Lutheran Church, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, with graveside military honors by VFW Post 3360.

Memorial donations may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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