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Donald "Don" R. Crispen

May 21, 1956 — December 2, 2021

Graveside Services for Don will be held at West Union Cemetery on what would have been his 66th birthday, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:00AM. Pastor Matthew Zuehlke will officiate.

 

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Donald Crispen, 65, passed away on December 2, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was born on May 21, 1956, in Fremont, to Roy and Donna (Taulker) Crispen.

In 1974, Donald graduated from Gibsonburg High School, later working for several local companies. He worked for Gibsonburg Farmer's Elevator for 17 years, the Village of Gibsonburg, Fremont News Messenger, and as a custodian at Hilfiker Elementary School where he was tasked with cleaning his wife's classroom. But, the hardest job he had was being a Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings sports fan.

Donald married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Rogers on Aug. 27, 1976 at Zion Lutheran Church. Together they shared 45 years of marriage. Upon Don's retirement, he and Cindy would vacation to Florida to support the Detroit Tigers during their spring training.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, during which he won "Best Buns in Gibsonburg" at one of the annual street bed races. Don enjoyed bowling on the Zion Lutheran Mixed Doubles Bowling League, and especially loved winning the championship in 1982. In 1999, he committed to a life of sobriety.

Surviving are his wife Cindy Crispen; children Amanda (Joshua) Thomas , and Christopher (Ashley) Crispen ; sisters Carol (Mark Hoffman) Magrum and Becky (Gary) Stang all of Gibsonburg; grandchildren: Miles, Lincoln, and Simon Thomas; Isaiah, Cash, and Ophelia Crispen; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Dale Magrum, and in-laws Ken & Lu Spanfellner.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory, Gibsonburg on Wednesday, Dec. 8th from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. There will be an additional hour of Visitation held at Zion Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10-11AM with services beginning at 11AM. Rev. Henry Seibert will officiate. Burial will be held at West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg at a later date. The family requests casual attire for all services, and encourages you wear your favorite Detroit Tigers, or other Detroit team, apparel. It is also requested that you wear a mask.

Memorial donations can be made in Donald's name to the Zion Lutheran Church Altar Guild.

Don's family would like to thank Dr. Shanna Elston and all of the nurses and staff at her office and the Toledo Hospital for their excellent care of Don, always providing the highest care even through the last 4 years as he waited for a lung transplant before Covid ended his journey.

To send an online condolence, view Don's tribute video or to view the service visit: www.hermanfh.com

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory

319 W Madison St, Gibsonburg, OH 43431

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Visitation

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory

319 W Madison St, Gibsonburg, OH 43431

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Visitation

Thursday, December 9, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Memorial Service

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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