OBITUARY

Donald Leo Elbert Sr.

October 17, 1938September 8, 2021

Donald Leo Elbert, Sr., age 82, passed away peacefully September 8, 2021. Don was born in Louisville, Kentucky, son of Herbert Leo and Lena Elbert. He graduated from Flaget High School in 1956 and the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1960 and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1962. He began working for IBM in Lexington, Kentucky in 1962, transitioning to Lexmark in 1991 and retiring in 2009. At IBM, he developed a typewriter ribbon ink that produced typed letters that could be wholly removed using sticky tape (US Patent 3,825,479). This invention led to the introduction of the IBM Correcting Selectric II typewriter in 1973. For this work, he received the IBM Corporate Recognition Award in 1974. From 1981 to 1983, he worked for IBM in White Plains, New York. Don was a fan of Notre Dame football, spring and fall days at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, and enjoyed visiting his son and daughter-in-law in Switzerland. He lived in Chesterfield, Missouri from 2011 to 2017, and in Austin, Texas from 2017 until his death.

Don was a loving husband to his wife Ann, who resides in Lakeway, Texas. They were married in 1966 in Lexington, Kentucky. He is survived by his son, Donald Leo Elbert, Jr, daughter-in-law Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, grandsons Alex and Ryan Elbert, and his sister Nancy Jackubiak.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on September 15 at Emmaus Catholic Church in Lakeway, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Don was a loving husband to his wife Ann, who resides in Lakeway, Texas. They were married in 1966 in Lexington, Kentucky. He is survived by his son, Donald Leo Elbert, Jr, daughter-in-law Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, grandsons Alex and Ryan Elbert, and his sister Nancy Jackubiak

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Phyllis Dries

September 15, 2021

Thoughts and prayers are with you. I looked up to Don as a big brother. So many wonderful memories.❤️

William Gary Fields

September 13, 2021

Ann and Don,
I am sorry on your loss of Don. It was just yesterday I met a man who worked for IBM and was telling him about Don and his inventions.
Hope you are doing well. Please give me a call at 502-639-3911.

God Bless,

Wm. Gary Fields

Ronald Cannon

September 13, 2021

Dear Ann and Donald, Jr. and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers today.

We have many great memories around the table at Herb & Nana's with your family.

Ron & Vangie Cannon

Jim Hite

September 13, 2021

Dear Ann and family,

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I know how you must feel as I lost my wife (Betty) last year (September 24, 2020.)

Prayers are with you and the whole family.

Nancy Jakubiak

September 11, 2021

Ann, Donald, Shelley, Alex and Ryan, I am thinking of you all and wish I could be with you. I am so proud of Don and so grateful for his love and support thru the years. Much love to Don and all of you.

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