Donald E. Bashaw

January 31, 1925June 3, 2011

Donald Eugene Bashaw, Sr., 86 of Canton, died Friday morning, June 3, 2011 in his home. He was a former resident of Florida for six years and returned to Ohio four years ago. He was born January 31, 1925 to the late R. Odell and Verna (Scarlott) Bashaw.

He was a graduate of Minerva High School, Class of 1946. He served his country proudly in WWII in the III Division Marine Corps as a scout sniper. He spent 25 years in sales and retired after 16 years with Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was a member of First Friends Church, Canton. Loved fishing, camping, woodworking, gardening and was a Scoutmaster of Scout Troop #174 in Paris, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Pauline Bashaw, Leola Becknell and Marguarite Johnson; grandson, Corey Bashaw.

Survived by his wife of 64 years, Hazel (Walter) Bashaw; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald E. Jr. and Kathy Bashaw of Columbus, Gary R. and Nancy Bashaw of Cincinnati; daughter, Cindy K. Bashaw of Canton; Jill Zocolo, longtime friend of the family; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 7th, at First Friends Church, 5455 Market Ave. North, with Chaplain Chad Durfee officiating. Interment in North Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Stark County, 408 9th St. SW, Canton, Ohio 44707. Arrangements under the direction of Karlo-Libby Funeral Home, Canton, OH.


  • Funeral Tuesday, June 7, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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deborah hilton

June 8, 2011


As a fond mother, when the day is o'er,
Leads by the hand her little child to bed,
Half willing, half reluctant to be led,
And leave his broken playthings on the floor,
Still gazing at them through the open door,
Nor wholly reassured and comforted
By promises of others in their stead,
Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;
So Nature deals with us, and takes away
Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
Leads us to rest so gently, that we go
Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
Being too full of sleep to understand
How far the unknown transcends the what we know.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Poetry Foundation

Wayne & Jeanne Brooks

June 7, 2011

Dear Cindy and Jill,

Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May peace and love surround you.

Bob and Pat Johnson

June 6, 2011

In loving memory of our uncle who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. We will remember the times and memories spent together forever. He will be missed. Our sympathy goes out to our Aunt Hazel and all the family

Laura Skidmore

June 6, 2011

Don, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I hope this time together with your family will be one of sharing fond memories and comfort.

Vera (Beezer) McKelley

June 6, 2011

Dear Cindy,
My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Please know that you are in my prayers...

Marty & Kate Kienzle

June 5, 2011

It was unfortunate that I only got to meet Don a couple times at different family functions. But my first thought of him was what a sweet and caring man. My husband (Marty) and him would sit and love to talk about the same branch of service they both shared, the Marines. We both will remember his sweet smile and the goodness he had in him. Our sympathy goes out to Hazel and the family.

Pat & Chuck Camp

June 5, 2011

Dear Don, Kathy and family,
Hoping that happy memories of your dad bring you comfort during this sad time. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Pat & Chuck Camp

Kathleen Kenepp

June 4, 2011

Deepest Sympathy to the Bashaw Family. It was such an honor to work with Don at the MRDD Canton Southgate Workshop back in the '70's. Don was a great story teller and had a wonderful way with all of the Worshop Staff and all the clients. He will be missed.

Wanda Stevens

June 4, 2011

Hazel and Family,

I want to extend our condolences to you and your family in the loss of Don. I and Wesley Chapel Nazarene Church have fond memories of Don and I am sure he will be missed by you all and we here at Wesley Chapel. Below is a poem that I trust will comfort you at this time.
We little knew that morning
God was going to call your name,
In Life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories
Your love is still our guide,
And although we cannot see you
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.
~ Author Unknown ~

God Bless you all.
The Congregation of Wesley Chapel Nazarene Church

Janet Martin

June 4, 2011

To the Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I enjoyed working with Mr. Bashaw at MRDD some years ago. He was a friendly person to be around.