Donald E. Hembree, 78, of Palestine, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Wayne Health Care State of the Heart Hospice Care in Greenville. Donald was born March 13, 1935 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Howard and Bertha (Hemmerick) Hembree.
Donald worked as an RV Tech at Tom Raper. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force. Donald was a Member of the American Legion Post #665 in West Manchester. He enjoyed gardening, his dogs and family.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Norma I. (Schlechty) Hembree of Palestine; four sons, Donald and Brenda Hembree of New Paris, Randy and Wanda Hembree of Eaton, Gary and Kathy Hembree of Harrison, Ohio and Douglas and Kachina Hembree of Richmond, Indiana; two daughters, Cindy Kudor of Washington and Brenda Hembree of Eaton; a step son, Jesse Sleppy of Columbus and a step daughter, Jeanna Sleppy of Palestine; a brother, Tom and Ruth Hembree of California; a sister, Flora L and Steve Ferlita of South Carolina; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, 7 PM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison with the Rev. Mike Simmons officiating. Friends and family may visit from 6 - 7 PM on Monday also at the funeral home. A graveside committal will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11 AM in the Palestine Cemetery with full military honors. Family request donations be given to Tri Village Rescue or State of the Heart Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com. Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison.