Donald Lee Motter Sr., 88, of Piqua, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, January 1, 2023 at Hospice of Miami County. He was born March 9, 1934 in Piqua to the late Herbert Silas Motter and Frances (Chronaberry) Wilde. He married Joanne (Weaver) Motter June 20, 1954 in Piqua and she survives.
Other survivors include three children, Donald L. (Tami) Motter Jr. of Piqua, Lisa (Gary) Stover of Tipp City, Mark (Ronda) Motter of Marysville; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Joel) Smith, Brett (Allison) Stover, Kyle Stover, Todd (Tera) Stover, Ryan Motter, and Chantel (Mike) Welch; eight great grandchildren, Grant and Jacob Smith, Thea Stover, Selah, Mikey, Jacob, Zoey, and Silas Welch; two siblings, Dennis (Mary Ann) Motter of Cincinnati, and Sandra Gurklies of Troy; and his sister in law, Susan Motter of Springfield; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his step father, Charles Wilde, two brothers, Larry Motter and Steve Long; and his brother in law, Dan Gurklies.
Don was a graduate of Piqua Central High School, Class of 1953. He was a longtime member of Greene Street United Methodist Church. Don retired from Paul Sherry’s, where he was a courier for some time. Don honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post 184, a life member and past commander of the VFW Post 4874. He was the past secretary and lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Western Ohio Chapter. He was a part of the Miami County Veteran's Commission and was the second Vice President of the Ohio Veterans Commission. Don was the secretary/treasurer of the Piqua Veteran's Association and also was a member of the Veteran's Elite Tribute Squad. Don was heavily involved with all military events in the area, and would take it upon himself to place flags upon veteran's graves at the local cemeteries. In his free time, he enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center, straight poker and going fishing. Don loved watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, and the Piqua Indians football games.
A service to honor his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2023 at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with Rev. Will Leasure officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery with military honors being provided by the Veteran's Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or to Greene Street United Methodist Church. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
Hospice of Miami County, Inc.
3230 N. County Rd. 25-A, Troy OH 45373
Greene Street United Methodist Church
415 W. Greene St., Piqua OH 45356