Donald M. Mortus, 82, of Port Clinton, died Jan. 22, 2007, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Gypsum, the son of Louis and Freida (Balduf) Mortus, now deceased. He married Linda Hehl on July 21, 1990, and she survives. Don was a foreman for U. S. Gypsum, retiring in 1987, and he was a longtime employee of Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during World War II. He was the Port Clinton fire chief from 1977-79. While he was fire chief, he was instrumental in starting the Port Clinton EMS and served as its first and only chief. He taught fire school to three generations of firefighters.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, where he was a past deacon and a past Sunday school teacher. He was a past president of the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman Association and a member of the Ottawa County Fire Chiefs Association. He served on the Port Clinton Police Auxiliary. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 361 at St. John Lutheran Church, loved camping and was a member of the Men's Prayer Breakfast.
Surviving are his wife, Linda; sons, Ronald (Mary) of Strongsville, Ohio, Gregory (Sandy) of Fairview Park, Ohio, Gary (Carrie) of Catawba Island; grandchildren, Julia Sander, Lori McElwin, Lindsey Mortus, Leslie Bolte, Adam Mortus and Abbey Mortus; seven great-grandchildren; extended family, Dana McClanahan, Matthew McClanahan, Cynthia Jess and Lori Floriana and their children and grandchildren; brothers, Norman of Ruskin, Fla., Paul of Erie Township, Ohio, Jack of Catawba Island and Bob (Carol) of Port Clinton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Dennis Mortus.
Visitation will be 2-5 and 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Neidecker, LeVeck Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. David Voll officiating. Fireman memorial services will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Roose Cemetery, Oak Harbor.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of Ottawa County or Kelleys Island Volunteer Fire Department.
Condolences may be given at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com.