Donald Montooth
Donald Montooth

July 6, 1938-Aug. 21, 2019

ELIDA — Donald E. Montooth, 81, of Elida passed away on Wednesday at VanCrest Health Care Center.

He was born On July 6, 1938, in Avilla, Indiana, to Howard and Beulah (Buettner) Montooth, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 27, 1957, he was united in marriage to Darlene Roberts, who survives in Elida.

Donald is also survived by one daughter, Tami (Joe Burgei) Augsburger of Delphos; a son, James (Kit) Montooth of Fremont; six grandchildren, Ashley Lloyd of Elida, Hillary Lloyd of Orlando, Florida, Ellis Lloyd of Elida, Rich (Kimberly Launder) Augsburger and Katie Augsburger of Lima and Ty (Savannah Bowman) Montooth of Delphos; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia (Larry) Moser of Columbus Grove and Sharon (Tom) Mitchell of Elida.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jill Nichols.

Donald was a graduate of Eel Perry High School in Huntertown, Indiana. He was an active member of Gomer Congregational Church, where he had been a trustee in the past. He retired from Dominion Gas, where he was a supervisor and then started his own business, Don’s Trenching. He was a 40-year 4-H advisor for the Gomer Easyriders, later known as Allen County Easyriders. He was the superintendent of the horse division at the Allen County Fair, spending endless hours working to improve the program. In 2001, the fair magazine was dedicated to him and in 2007, he was named grand marshall of the fair parade. Don also loved restoring antique tractors and attending local shows.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Rev. Jim Wilder officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday and also one hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gomer Congregational Church boiler fund or the Elida E.M.S.

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