Donald B. Notestine, 73, of Sandusky, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at home, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Sandusky, son of Howard and Mae (Liphart) Notestine. He grew up in the Venice area which contributed to his love of the outdoors, especially fishing and being on the water. He started his career working on the Great Lakes as a commercial fisherman with his father and brothers. He then was employed on a research vessel for the U.S. Department of the Interior, ported out of Saugatuck, Mich. He returned to the Sandusky area and was employed with Neuman Boat Lines. Later in his life, he was a correctional officer for the Ohio Department of Corrections at Osborne Correctional Facility. Upon closure of the correctional facility, he became director of security for 19 years at the former Good Samaritan Hospital. He eventually retired from the security department at New Departure in 1995.
After retirement, Don spent much of his time with, Nancy, his loving wife of 55 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, taking walks through Resthaven and the Venice area with his dog Daisy at his side.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Dye), whom he married Aug. 16, 1952; four daughters, Janet (Thomas) Runner of Sandusky, Debra (G. Roy) McMillon of Battle Creek, Mich., Nanette (David) Reel of Sandusky and Julie (Richard) Gorbach of Vermilion; three sons, Howard Notestine of Cleveland, Donald (Laurie) Notestine of Sandusky and Steven (Lizabeth) Notestine of Sandusky; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Viola Spring of Sandusky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mae (Liphart) Notestine, and his brothers, Frederick, Richard, Wayne, Roger and Howard Notestine.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in Castalia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Erie County Humane Society.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.