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Donald Detwiler

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[July 22, 2011]  ST. PARIS, Ohio -- Donald Marion Detwiler, 87, of St. Paris, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 5:25 a.m. at the Mercy McAuley Center in Urbana, Ohio.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St. in St. Paris.

His funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 121 E. Walnut St. in St. Paris, with Father Greg Konerman officiating.

Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, with military honors by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad of Piqua.

Mr. Detwiler worked as a toolmaker for WB Marvin in Urbana, Ohio, before retiring in 1988.

He served in the U.S. Army twice during World War II.

He was born on March 8, 1924, in Urbana, Ohio, a son of the late Marion H. and Bertha E. Hoffman Detwiler. He met Adele A. Aizza while serving in the military, and they were married on June 5, 1948, in Cassegliano, Italy. They spent the next 63 years in St. Paris.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary Kathryn Sapp of St. Paris and Pat (and Eddie) Hickey of Lincoln, Ill.; one brother, Richard (and Jane) Detwiler of Urbana, Ohio; and several nephews and nieces, including Debbie Ackerman of Lincoln, Ill.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Marie Detwiler; a sister, Doris L. Detwiler; and two brothers, John and Tom Detwiler.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Paris and a former member of Philip Grieser Memorial VFW Post 7645.

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