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Don, age 86, was born and educated in northeastern Ohio and graduated from Western Reserve University where he played Varsity football. He passed away on September 8, 2021.
Don married his high school sweetheart, Dixie (nee) Myers and they have celebrated 64 years of marriage. Together, they raised four sons: James, Gregory, Jeffrey, and Taylor. Two of those sons, James and Gregory, have preceded Don in death, as has his brother, Robert Schmelz.
Don's career has been in the confectionary business. After a long career with Brach's Candies, his final job was as Vice President at Nestle's Candy Company. They lived in many states because of his work and enjoyed each experience as a learning one.
Don loved all sports and partook in most, however his greatest joy was in coaching young boys and produced some great teams in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He got results through discipline and they loved it!
Don is survived by one brother, Richard (Margaret), with several nieces and nephews. Most precious are his two granddaughters, Meredith Schmelz and Miranda Schmelz, and two great-grandsons, Ryder and Nash Brown.
Services will be on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at Transfiguration Catholic Church on Blackwell Road, Marietta. Visitation with the family will be from 12:30?2:00PM at the church with a religious service following at 2:00PM. Interment of ashes will be at a later date with the immediate family.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that any desired gift in Don's name by made either to Transfiguration Catholic Church or St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marietta, GA.