Donald Ivan Chelman

November 16, 1943September 11, 2021

CHELMAN, Donald Ivan KB8LWL, 77, of Riverside, OH became a “silent key” on Saturday September 11, 2021 after a long battle of respiratory illness. He was born on November 16, 1943, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Melvin and Edith (Johnson) Chelman. He graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1961. He enlisted in the United States Army immediately after high school. After his initial training, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan where he met Donna Lewis, the love of his life and his future wife. They married on June 27, 1964, in Hesperia, Michigan. The couple decided to make Dayton, Ohio their home. He became a firefighter for the City of Dayton Fire Department and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. After twenty-five years of dedicated service, he retired from the department. He was an active member of the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association. He enjoyed genealogy, motorcycles and anything associated with his grandchildren. Surviving him is his wife of fifty-seven years, Donna (Lewis) Chelman, his children Kirsten (Mark) Buell of Beavercreek, OH, Dawn (Jeff) Kilpatrick of Miamisburg, OH, John (Shelley) Chelman of Riverside, OH and Scott (Amy) Chelman of Mason, OH. He is survived by his thirteen grandchildren: Hannah, Noah, and Luke Buell, Emma, Katie, and Angie Kilapatrick, Christopher, Laura, and Lexi Chelman, Myles Gotcher, Will, Sam, and Mary Grace Chelman. He is also survived by three sisters Jan (Rick) Steuck of Ham Lake, MN, Betty (Junior) Barthel of Browerville, MN, and Kathy Chelman of Roberts, WI, and one brother Lenny Chelman, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Carl Chelman. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Don’s name to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Please e-mail for details.

Contributions in Donald's memory may be made to American Heart Association,; American Lung Association,; and West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Association,

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Bob Glowacki

October 24, 2021

We were deeply saddened with Don’s passing and regret not being
able to participate in his Celebration of Life. His life of community
support as a 25-year firefighter and endless volunteer hours to the
Stebbins athletic program and fan base will long be remembered.
His smiles and good humor made going to the concession stand fun
and gave us lasting memories of The Chelmans of Stebbins. To
Donna and Family we wish you well and may God Bless You All.

The Glowackis….Pat, Bob, Donna, Michael and Adrienne

Ron Atkins

September 19, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Dons passing. He and Donna spent many Friday nights donating their time and hard work at the old concession shack at the Stebbins football field. He was always smiling, and I will always remember his stories of their motorcycle trip to Alaska. My condolences to the family. God Bless
Ron Atkins

Julie Goodman

September 14, 2021

It saddens my heart to hear of Don's passing. He was a second dad to me while growing up. I remember stories he told about being a fireman and the lectures about playing with matches. I also remember when he took me for a ride on his motorcycle. We went on the highway and I asked where we were going. He just said it was a surprise. We ended up at his fire station and I got to meet all the firemen. It was a special day that I will never forget. RIP Dad Chelman ❤❤❤

Mike & Carolyn Lewis

September 14, 2021

Aunt Donna, Our prayers are with you & your family during this sad time. God Bless you all❤️ Love, Mike & Carolyn

Sonya (Kreml) Valentine

September 13, 2021

Dad Chelman will be truly missed. I will always think of him with Mom Chelman with the Stebbins (Mad River) Marching band and of course, the concessions. They were even there for our girls' soccer games and Dad C. would tell me how I played and praise me if I actually played well. He almost always had a smile on his face and a corny joke to share. And of course, how he loved the Carpenters! Donna, Kirsten, Dawn, John & Scott, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Love you all, praying for you all.