OBITUARY

Donald "Don" Norman Link

June 23, 1933July 1, 2014

Donald (Don) Norman Link, 81, died July 1 after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Don was born June 23, 1933 in Mt. Sidney, Va. A graduate of Mt. Sidney High School, he attended Bridgewater College and transferred to Virginia Tech where he earned his Vocational Agriculture Education degree in 1954. He was drafted into the Army where he spent most of his tour as a driver in Germany in the Motor Pool of the 22nd Inf. Regt. Upon discharge, he began teaching in the Shenandoah Co. school system, and he married his sweetheart, Nancy, in 1957. His Industrial Arts Advance Certification won him a position at Fort Defiance High School in Augusta Co.

In 1966, the young couple accepted an offer from the Church of the Brethren to serve as missionaries to Nigeria. They spent the majority of the next six years teaching at teachers’ training/secondary schools and as missionary school dorm parents. Don possessed a great curiosity about the world and enjoyed trekking around with his camera as they traveled in parts of West Africa and Europe. The family returned from Nigeria in 1972 and Don resumed his teaching at Fort Defiance and Buffalo Gap High Schools where he became a revered instructor whom former students remember with fondness.

After retiring in 1994, Don completed and published a book on the genealogy of the Wine Family in America Sect. IV. An avid photographer, birder, beekeeper and gardener, Don’s primary hobby was promoting the Eastern Bluebird. Don and Nancy maintained a 50+ box bluebird trail in Augusta County. Other post-retirement activities included participating in a work camp in Nigeria, volunteer service on a Navajo reservation and completing a goal to visit all 50 states – accomplished in the summer of 2008.

A true and faithful servant, Don will be missed at Lebanon Church of the Brethren where he was a spiritual inspiration for many.

Don is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughter, Debra (Curtis Sheffer), of Mt. Sidney, Va., son, Gary (Mary Link), of Paradise Valley, AZ, four grandchildren (Thomas Sheffer, Raymond and Jonathan Link, Haley Prestwood) and a great-grandson (Atlas Sheffer). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Daniel Sheffer.

The family will greet friends on Sunday, July 6, 4-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (lower level) at Lebanon Church of the Brethren in Mt. Sidney, Va. Following a private burial, a Memorial Service will be held Monday, July 7, 7 p.m. at Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Memorial Fund at Lebanon Church of the Brethren, 1168 Lebanon Church Rd., Mt. Sidney, Va. 24467. Lindsey Funeral Home is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyweyerscave.com.

Services

  • Greeting of Friends

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, July 7, 2014

Memories

Donald "Don" Norman Link

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Howard Holden

July 7, 2014

I was very saddened to read Don's obituary. He was a valued and loyal teacher during my years at Fort Defiance. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are extended the family at this time.

Tracy and Patrick Budd

July 7, 2014

Deb, your father did so many wonderful things. Our heart goes out to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

July 3, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Frances Adams (Harrisonburg, VA)

RANDY MAWYER

July 3, 2014

MR LINK WAS ONE OF THE BEST TEACHERS I HAVE EVER KNOWN. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME
RANDY MAWYER BUFFALO GAP HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1979

Howard Poole

July 2, 2014

I remember you when I was in your Industrial Arts class in 1969- 1970 . Condolences to your family

Scott Kimmel

July 2, 2014

Nancy, Deb and Gary:

Our hearts go out to you in this time. The Kimmel family feels very blessed to have gotten to know Don for so many years. I will never forget the kindness he showed me in regularly sending church bulletins to me while I was away in college. He always added notes about the service and words or wisdom on them. They were very much appreciated as was he! God Bless You All!!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY