Donald Dale Foutz | 1914-1980
This blog series explores the lives of Foutz ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Times-Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Friday, November 14, 1980:
Donald D. Foutz, 66, of 115 Cross St., Dover, died today in his home following a long illness.
He was a 17-year employee of Greer Steel at Dover, retiring in 1979, and prior to that had been a long-time employee of the former Fred P. Potschner Ford Agency at Dover.
Born at Dover, he was a son of the late Vance C. and Laura Zeigler Foutz. During his years at Dover High, where he graduated in 1932, he was an outstanding football player, playing halfback and becoming a leading scorer and well-known punter.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Elks Lodge, both of Dover, and Greer Steel Local.
Surviving are his wife, the former Erma M. Johnson, with whom he celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in May; three sons, Donn and Fred of Dover and Robert of Blacksburg, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Wayne (Doris) Waddington of Slippery Rock, Pa.; and six grandchildren. Two brothers are deceased.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3:30 in Toland-Herzig Funeral Home at Dover with Dr. William Haggis officiating. Elks services will be held there at 3. Memorials may be made to the Tuscarawas County chapter of the American Cancer Society.
What else was going on in the world on Nov. 14, 1980? This ABC news footage from that day focuses on the transition from the Carter Presidential administration to the team of newly-elected Ronald Reagan.