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Carlton "Don" Stockslager Sr., 97, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2023, at the Danbury Senior Living Community in Huber Heights. Don was born on September 13, 1926, in Tipp City to Frank and Estella Mae Stockslager. He was one of seven children, joining his siblings Noel, George, Frank, Glen, Walter, and sister Doris Oaks. Don's life journey was deeply intertwined with the memories and experiences shared with his siblings, all of whom preceded him in death.
After he graduated from Tipp City High School in 1944, Don declined college sports scholarships to dedicate himself to the service of his country during World War II. He joined the United States Navy and served honorably as a Seaman First Class until his honorable discharge. After returning to Miami County, he began a career with General Motors as a tool and die maker.
Two profound marriages marked Don's life. His first wife, Dorothy Bollheimer, shared his early life journey, and together, they were blessed with two sons, David William Stockslager and Carlton Lee Stockslager, Jr., who regrettably preceded him in death. In 1969, Don found love again when he married Nola B. Spangler (deceased). During their marriage, they welcomed two grandchildren, Mark Gabbard (1970) and Jamye Marie Stockslager (1980), along with two great-grandchildren, Evan Gabbard (2001) and Nola Gabbard (2005). Later in life, Don found companionship and love again with Barbara Cox of Vandalia. They remained devoted to each other for nine years. Sadly, Barbara passed away in January 2022, leaving Don with cherished memories of their time together.
Don's legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of those fortunate to know him. He was a warm and loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and companion. An avid fisherman, private pilot, golfer, woodworker, and an award-winning home gardener, he had many hobbies and talents. His friends and family could always count on him to fix almost anything that needed repair. Don cherished family gatherings, enjoyed celebrating holidays, and marked special occasions with the most important people in his life. Above all, he will be remembered by those closest to him as a kind, caring, and generous soul who left an indelible mark on the hearts of everyone he met. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary man, we reflect on a life well-lived and the love and warmth he shared with all who had the privilege of knowing him. Don's memory will live forever, and he will be deeply missed.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the exceptional care and support by Day City Hospice during Don’s final days. The family is profoundly grateful for the kindness and genuine empathy exhibited by the Day City Hospice team, making Don's transition as peaceful and comfortable as possible.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St, West Milton with a funeral service beginning at 2:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, October 30 at Polk Grove Cemetery, 9190 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH 45414. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Day City Hospice, 7601 Paragon Rd, Suite 203, Dayton, OH 45459. Online memories of Don may be left for the family at www.hale-sarver.com.