Donald Ray Sherbondy, Greenville, died at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday (8-1-13) in his residence with his family by his side. He was 80.
Don was born Aug. 14, 1932, to Leo and Mabel Snodgrass Sherbondy of Kennard, the oldest of five boys and one girl.
He served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 25, 1949, to Sept. 20, 1952, with a total of 10 months in combat. Donald was assigned to D Company of the 38th Infantry and received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
In the Army he worked as a tractor operator and tank commander.
He was employed by Greenville Tube Co. and Champion Disposal Co.
Upon graduating from truck driving school, he worked at C.D. Ambrosia Trucking.
After retiring in 1989, he focused on investments and enjoying life.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed NASCAR racing, going skydiving and spending time with his family and loyal dog Jake.
He was a passionate motorcyclist, beginning in 1953 when he was discharged from the Army and rode from Santa Barbara, Calif., home to Kennard to surprise his parents.
Later in life, he toured the lower 48 states and Canada. His last trip was to the Arctic Circle and back at age 73.
He was a devoted father and grandfather.
He was very passionate about supporting the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.
He was a Methodist.
Surviving are: a son, Dean Sherbondy and his close friend, Rose Brettell of Greenville; three daughters, Mrs. Brian (Michelle) Rafferty of Stoneboro; Mrs. Roger (Holly) Beck of Jamestown; and Mrs. Mitch (Tracey) Carlisle of North Olmsted, Ohio; a brother, David Sherbondy of Greenville; and six grandchildren, Renee, Clinton, Cheryl, Madeline, Abigail and Shawn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Mary Louisa Sherbondy; three brothers, Richard Sherbondy, Lloyd “Teak” Sherbondy and Paul Sherbondy; and a granddaughter, Katie Lynn Gilmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, Box 430, Youngstown OH 44501.
Donald Ray, 80, Greenville.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (8-4-13) at BAIRD FUNERAL HOME, 14 Louisa Ave., Greenville.
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday (8-5-13) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Michael Arch officiating.
Burial: Rocky Glen Cemetery, Adamsville.