Former Ashtabula resident Donald Lewis Lemponen, age 88, entered into rest Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the home of his daughter surrounded by his loving family.
Don, as he was affectionately known, was born December 21, 1932, in Austinburg, OH to the late Rufus and Marian Lemponen. He was drafted into the US Army on his twenty-first birthday and had proudly served in the Korean War.
In 1976, Don opened Great Lakes Printing in Ashtabula, OH. He was a newspaper and commercial printer by trade and worked alongside his wife, daughter, son, and niece. Don retired from the printing business in 1998. Following his retirement and sale of his business, he was funeral attendant and driver for Family Care Group funeral directors for several years.
He served his community in various roles to include being a City Council Member and later Vice President, commander of Ashtabula County Council, and served twice as commander of VFW Post 943 all in Ashtabula, OH. He had been a resident of Aiken, SC for the past three years.
In addition to his parents, two brothers, James Lemponen and David Lemponen, and a sister, Norma Keller, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Shirley (Kaydo) Lemponen; daughter, Debbie Boggs (Todd), Aiken, SC; son, Michael Lemponen (Jennifer), Ashtabula, OH; three grandchildren, Kyle Boggs, Charleston, SC, Mitchell Lemponen, Ashtabula, OH, and Nicole Lemponen, Ashtabula, OH; his brother, Phil Lemponen (Lois), Leesburg, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be 12:00 P.M., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH, with Father Raymond Thomas officiating.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, OH, with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Cowle Post #151 at 7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Donald L. Lemponen Army Veteran and Military Student Success Scholarship, C/O Aiken Partnership, USC Aiken, 471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801 Attn: Advancement Box 42.
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Donald L. Lemponen Army Veteran & Military Student Success Scholarship
471 University Pkwy, Aiken SC 29801