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Donald W. "Donnie" Sanford

January 19, 1927 November 30, 2020
Donald W. "Donnie" Sanford
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Obituary for Donald W. "Donnie" Sanford

Donald W. “Donnie” Sanford, age 93, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Monday, November 30, 2020, at Altercare Summit Acres. He was born January 19, 1927, in Caldwell, son of the late Harry Beamer and Nettie Mae Watson Sanford. Donnie was a 1949 graduate of the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus, where he trained to be a linotype operator and where he was the quarterback on the varsity football team. On December 12, 1950, he was hired by The Journal Leader in Caldwell as linotype operator, and where he was still working at the time of his passing. Donnie and Ruth were a team and did everything together. They hosted church services in their home for deaf people, who would travel from all around the area to attend those services. They participated in bowling leagues and volleyball leagues, and they loved to hunt, fish, and golf. Ruth was there when Donnie made his only hole-in-one at Wildfire Golf Club in New Concord at the age of 74 years old. Donnie and Ruth completely renovated their entire home, which once belonged to Donnie’s grandparents.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth M. Milligan Sanford, whom he married January 14, 1950, and who died May 13, 2017; three sisters, Betty Faye Pickens, who died in 1996; and two infant sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Robert L. (Donna) Sanford of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Jerry E. Sanford of Caldwell; two granddaughters, Amanda “Amy” Sanford of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Andrea (Jess) Lachapelle of Northbridge, Massachusetts; and 4 great-grandchildren, Emma, Jake, Joel, and Evan Lachapelle.

Friends may call Friday, December 4, 2020, from 1-5PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be observed Saturday, December 5th at 11AM with Ken Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Cemetery. Guests are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing at all gatherings as required by the state of Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43214, or to the CIC Happy Time Pool Fund, c/o Thomasina Crock, 9 Kennedy Drive, Caldwell, Ohio, 43724.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

4

Dec

1:00 PM 12/4/2020 1:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 12/4/2020 5:00:00 PM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Service

Saturday

5

Dec

11:00 AM 12/5/2020 11:00:00 AM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Olive Cemetery Final Resting Place

189 Olive Street
Caldwell, OH 43724

189 Olive Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Ohio School for the Deaf

500 Morse Road
Columbus, Ohio 43214

CIC Happy Time Pool Fund

c/o Thomasina Crock
9 Kennedy Drive
Caldwell, OH 43724
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