Donald E. Cardinal 79 of Rootstown passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Akron General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born June 23, 1933 in Jamestown, NY. to the late Edward and Olive Mae (Mansfield) Richardson.
Don has lived in Rootstown since 1975, at one time for eleven years he served as a Rootstown Twp. Trustee and Zoning Inspector. He worked at the US Post Office in Ravenna from 1954 to 1964 and then retired from the Rootstown Post office on October 21, 1995. He was a member of the Rootstown Congregational Church and volunteered at Robinson Memorial Hospital. From 1975 to 1988 he and his wife owned and operated the Hickory Hills Park and Campground in Rootstown. Don served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War and enjoyed doing woodworking.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary Ellen (Lohr) Cardinal whom he married December 18, 1953, daughters, Debra Ann (Jeff) Michael of Rootstown, Denise Lynn (David) Arango of Columbus, son, Donald (Joan) Cardinal II of Edinburg, 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, sister, Betty Jane (Robert) Wilmarth of Westfield, NY, many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Lohr.
Calling hours will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6 - 8 PM at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel where Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 8, 2012 with Pastor Susan Woodall officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery Ravenna, Ohio. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
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I am so sorry to learn of don passing.away I know he will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to the family and you will all be in our prayers.Dana Donohew and Chris Heldreth
To the Cardinal family, our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father. I have thought of you all in recent months and wondered how you all were doing. He will be missed, but I will always remember happy times camping at Hickory Hills fondly when we were kids, with Mr Cardinal ALWAYS wearing a red shirt and Mrs Cardinal stationed in the store. I'll remember too, the labor day parades we had and how fun each section had in building their floats. Us campers across the lake couldn't be beat with Tom Cunningham and my mom teaming with everyone to make sure we had a top notch float that we also be entered into the balloon-a-fair parade! Rest in peace Don Cardinal!
Donna and Diana Beck