Donald McClafferty, 80, residing in Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, died Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 9:20 p.m. in Firelands Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Don was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Wilson High School. For a man who was most proud of his military service, it is quite fitting that he passed away on Memorial Day weekend. He served in the United States Navy as a motor machinist's mate third class from July 1944 until July 1946. During his service, he received the American Area Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon and an Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon.
He is survived by his three sons, Don of Sharon, Pa., Tom of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Bob of Vermilion; one brother, Walter McClafferty, of Cincinnati; and two sisters, Benita Mendoza, of Monkton, Md., and Marjorie Lengyel of Youngstown; eight grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lenore McClafferty; four brothers, Carl Jr., Eugene, Richard and James; and one sister, Shirley.
He was a past member of AMVETS Post 22 for numerous years.
Donations may be made to Ohio Veterans Home of Sandusky, or to the Vermilion Veterans Council.
Veterans Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at AMVETS Post 22, Dave Workman Hall, Ohio 60, Vermilion, courtesy of Vermilion's Veterans Council.