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Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH

OBITUARY

Donald R. Leuchtag Sr.

August 14, 1933January 3, 2020

Together Again

Donald R. Leuchtag, Sr., age 86, of Medina passed away on January 3, 2020 surrounded by family.

Donald was born in Akron, Ohio on August 14th, 1933, graduate of South High School in Akron, OH., earned his Bachelor’s from Miami University and Master’s from the University of Chicago. He was the owner of The R.L Edwards Co. He was a lifelong learner as a reader and history buff. He was a sailor of the Great Lakes, the whole eastern seaboard and the Mediterranean. He lived his life his way, on his terms, and made lifelong friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Harry and Lois, his wife Barbara of 55 years.

Survived by his son Donald R Leuchtag, Jr. (Melissa) and daughter Heather Milicevic (Miro); grandchildren Erik Milicevic, Kristin (Mark), Arin; cousins Iris, Emery, Emilie, and Roger.

The Family wishes to thank the staff of Cleveland Clinic (main campus) for their wonderful care and Dr Jason Valent and his staff.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Haven Rest 175 E Market St Akron, OH and the Temple Shalom 4630 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples, FL 34419

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 7th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with the Funeral Service on Wednesday, January 8th at 11:30 AM at the Rose Hill Funeral Home 3653 W Market St Akron, OH 44333. Memories on condolences may be shared at www.rosehillbp.com

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  • Haven of Rest
  • Temple Shalom

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Memories

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Terry Biddle

January 8, 2020

My condolences to the family.
I knew Don through a business relationship. I always enjoyed working with him on projects. His knowledge and enthusiasm
were outstanding. His ethics were impeccable!
He stood out among his peers. He was quite a man!

Jim Riek

January 8, 2020

Don was a very funny man with a gloriously dry wit, and a great friend of my father's. Rest in peace. Our thoughts and condolences.
With love.
Jim & Jeannie Riek

Jacqueline and Ken Barker

January 8, 2020

We want to express our sorrow and support on the passing of our Uncle Don. Although we haven't seen each other for quite some time, following his travels and fun through Heather's postings was always a pleasure.

His life over the last several years hasn't been easy because of health issues, but he always seemed to bounce back full of energy and the quest to live at the fullest. Our prayers for strength and comfort are with all.

Jacqueline and Ken Barker

Dave and Shirley Smith

January 7, 2020

To the Family of Don Leuchtag,
We are so sorry for your loss and pray that the family finds comfort and peace with Don's passing. He was a kind and generous friend whose friendship we were blessed with. He was his families cheer leader; always so proud of his children and their families, and his wonderful grandchildren. He was honest in business and had and passionate about the Free Enterprise Program he headed up to educate future generations. We had the privilege of doing many sailing adventures together, and those memories of good times with Barb and Don will always be with us. May God always sail with you to your destination.
Love, Dave and Shirley Smith

Eleanor Grinstead

January 7, 2020

I started with Don on his first day at The R.L .Edwards Company as his secretary. Being a shy person, Don made me feel right at home.
One story I remember was when a young teenage boy came into the office and for some reason started to shout profanities at me. Don was in his office and heard this young boy, but the boy ran out of the office.

Don wasn't going to have any of that, and in his dressed up suit, I watched at the window as Don ran after this boy, brought him back to the office, and made him apologize to me. I am sure that boy learned a good lesson that day.

I will always remember the funny stories he told..he was a fun boss...never strict and accepted people as they were. His friends
meant a lot to him.

To the family...I know what you are going through, as I lost my husband 2 years ago. It's not easy, but I pray God will comfort you.

Janet Scarry

January 6, 2020

March 22, 1988 I started working for Don. He was one of a kind. He told me once that the mold was thrown away when he was born. I never had to worry about requesting off for a Dr. visit or anything personal. He understood and would just say, ok. I will definitely miss him and the funny stories he told. I will also miss Don and my husband Pat debating over Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh. Praying for the family in their time of loss.

Robert Armour

January 6, 2020

So sorry to here about Don. Remember him well at SYC.

Carey Rhoten

January 5, 2020

I had recently graduated from Dartmouth 1958. I hired in with BFG Industrial Products Div. spent a short time in Akron, Mpls. and ended up in Chgo in 1960. One of the 1st guys I met was Don. He immediately caught my attention because of his Golden Hawk Studebaker. We had common interests Cars and Boats. My heavily financed Jaguar XK150 caught Don's eye and soon I was invited to his apartment and met Barbara - what a GREAT gal and a cook. We became friends.
I think it was 1962 when I left BFG to join my families business a BFG IPD Distributor in New England.
Shortly thereafter Don and Barbara followed me East and he joined what was then called Hope Rubber Co. Don worked with me and helped build the business for several years.
I sold the business we started forming up started in the 60s at 82 years of age Dec. 2018 then having recently sold it to Boeing.
Oh yes and Don sold me my 1st boat his Grady White with a Scott Atwater Outboard.
Don was an inquisitive, smart and FUN GUY to work and socialize with.
My loss that we didn't maintain our friendship.
Carey & Pat Rhoten

Tony Cordillo

January 5, 2020

I met Don only a few years ago at our favorite lunch place, Athens Restaurant.
Just listening to his stories was a history
lesson in itself. Our most common interest was our love of Corvettes and I was so happy that he enjoyed his C7 over this past year. Glad that we became friends. Will miss you.

Heather Milicevic

January 5, 2020

My heart is filled with memories, some that are amazing and some that are painful. Gratitude makes me cherish them all as we cannot have only happy because when you love you have to also accept sadness and tragedy, many times it makes you love even more fierce. I hope that you have already danced with mom and embraced all of those the you had lost and missed dearly. Dad you are missed, but you left such a mark on your family and friends that you will never be forgotten, Thank you for being my dad, my sons grandfather and Miro's father-in-law, I have to share the sillier side of you that not everyone ever got to see - as you truly loved the club and would do anything mom asked when it was regatta weekend- Enjoy your regatta in heaven! Love Heather

FROM THE FAMILY