Don was born on March 9, 1930 and grew up in Arcanum Ohio in a family full of brothers and sisters.
After graduating high school he took a job with General Motors. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, where he continued his training and participated in the research and development of the burgeoning computer age. After his time in the Army, he took his experience back to General Motors where his career spanned the next 40+ years in computer development with General Motors.
He married Mary Jane Turner Wogoman in 1951, while in the Army, and they built a life together for nearly 70 years. They had two daughters, Barbara and Angela, and one grandson, Riley.
Don enjoyed many years of family vacations, whether camping, houseboating, or in later years, renting a lake house for the whole family - but always boating!
After Don retired, he and Mary packed up and moved to New Jersey, completely changing their lives for several years in order to be near their grandson, Riley. Don could often be found reading to his grandson, teaching him how to be organized, and even playing with him under the dining room table! This time together gave Riley invaluable experiences with both of his grandparents.
Don loved his family with a quiet steadiness, yet also had a great sense of humor and silliness, with the occasional surprise tucked up his sleeve!
How lucky we've all been - he will be missed.
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