Donald E. Cardinal, 79, of Rootstown, Ohio passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Akron General Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born June 23, 1933, in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late Edward and Olive Mae (Cardinal) Richardson.
Don has lived in Rootstown since 1975, at one time for 11 years he served as a Rootstown Township Trustee and Zoning Inspector. He worked at the U.S. Post Office in Ravenna, Ohio from 1954 to 1964 and then retired from the Rootstown Post office on Oct. 21, 1995. He was a member of the Rootstown Congregational Church and volunteered at Robinson Memorial Hospital. From 1975 to 1988, he and his wife owned and operated the Hickory Hills Park and Campground in Rootstown. Don served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and enjoyed doing woodworking.
Donald E. Cardinal
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary Ellen (Lohr) Cardinal whom he married Dec. 18, 1953; daughters, Debra Ann (Jeff) Michael of Rootstown and Denise Lynn (David) Arango of Columbus; son, Donald (Joan) Cardinal II of Edinburg; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Cardinal (Robert) Wilmarth of Westfield, N.Y.; daughter-in-law Rhonda Lohr of Arizona; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his, parents he was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Lohr.
Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery Ravenna, Ohio. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rootstown Congregational Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at the Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home's website www.sscfuneralhomes.com.