Hand, Donald

Written by David Green.

Donald C. Hand, 51, of Alvordton, Ohio, died Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born Feb. 16, 1960, in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Melvin and Mildred (Town) Hand. He married Lisa Dickson on Aug. 18, 2007, in Fayette, Ohio, and she survives.

Don was known as a fun-loving soul who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He served in the United States Navy and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was a member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Fayette American Legion, Wauseon American Legion and the Fulton County Honor Guard.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by a son, Daniel Hand, at home; a step-son, Ryan Gruich, at home; a step-daughter, Nicole Gruich, of Defiance, Ohio; five brothers, Larry (and Brenda) Hand of Fayette, Melvin Hand of Fayette, Tony (and Deb) Hand of Fayette, Mike (and Debbie) Hand of Lancaster, Ohio; and his twin brother Ronnie (and Petra) Hand of Germany; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Don was preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Dietrich, and two nephews, Rhett Montgomery and Mark Bates.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Paul Baker officiating. Interment with military honors conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, the Fayette American Legion or the Disabled American Veterans.

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