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Donald Moyer

Donald Eugene Moyer, 91, died unexpectedly of natural causes Thursday evening, August 29th, at Kettering Hospital. Don was born July 14, 1922, in the home his grandfather built at 415 West Market Street in Germantown, Ohio. He lived in this home for 73 years, before moving to his daughter and son-in-law's in Kettering, Ohio. He was the son and only child of Jesse and Lela (Lightcap) Moyer and the direct descendent of George Jacob Moyer, one of the five founders of Germantown in 1804. A proud graduate of Germantown High School, class of 1940, Don was the owner-operator of Central Auto Service in Miamisburg, Ohio for 26 years.
His life was one of dedication: service to his country as a veteran of the United States Navy in World War II and the Korean War; service to his Germantown community as its Mayor, Director of Civil Defense during the Cold War, member of the Germantown Charter Commission and Village Council, founding member of the Lion's Club and member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite for over 65 years, and Boy Scout Council; service to his church, Emmanuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church, as council president and member of various committees. But the dedication Don was best known for was his willingness to lend a helping hand to family and friends. A master mechanic and do it yourselfer, Don was known far and wide for his novel and sometimes unorthodox methods for getting things done. Where there was a will, there was a "Moyerize" solution to any problem that arose.
Don married Phyllis (Anslinger) Moyer, April 2, 1948. They were blessed with 65 years of marriage and three children, Sally (Rick) Bishop, Jeffrey (Lilia) Moyer and Nancy (Ron) Solada. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Karl and Jon Vanderbeek, Jennifer (Moyer) Leopold, Allyson and Lauren Moyer, Chris, Andy and Katie Solada, Dusty Bishop, and Shelly (Bishop) McCharen, 5 great grandchildren: Anna, Parker, Annika, Ella, and Malcom. He was more of a father than an uncle to his nieces and nephews. Don was also a stepbrother to Gordon Howard and Phyllis (Howard) Bussard.
Having circumnavigated the globe during his naval service, Don developed a love for travel that continued throughout his life. Don and Phyllis roamed far and wide during their life together from the highest points of the Himalayas to the shores of Fiji and Tahiti, from the Taj Mahal to the Australian Outback and just about everywhere in between. And in all that time, in all those different places, it never mattered what language was spoken because Don never met a stranger. He could talk to anybody about anything and he did. Over his lifetime he collected and could recall so many stories and yarns and tall tales that he rarely repeated himself and regularly amazed his listeners (including his wife) with a great story they had never before heard.
Services will be Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:00 PM, Emmanuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 West Warren Street, Germantown, Ohio. A Masonic service will be held in the church at 11:30 AM. Burial with full military honors at Germantown Cemetery following the church service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements entrusted to Arpp & Root Funeral Home, Germantown.

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You have my deep condolence. As I read the life story of Don, tremors came over me. What a great life the rest of you had!You may have felt that you lived in his shadow from time to time, but it certainly must have been worth it. Perhaps I know . . . my husband was Jack G Moyer. I am sure they were bothdescended from George Moyer, and must have inherited that dern gene. Jack was the most popular young man in school. He didn't have a shy bone in his body. In fact he starred in the class play, and also came out during the intermission and sang a solo.We dated while we were yet in high school and made plans then for our future together. He began business school with me, but felt he wanted to get the service out of the way.At about the time he was discharged we were married and he went to Ohio State. We moved back to our home town to care for his little sister when his mother passed. I'd like to give you many more parallels, but no room here. Won't you send me your email, we have much to share. Mona

Moyer Moyer-Leonard Oct 13 2013 12:00 AM