LEETONIA - Donald Owen Graffius Jr. 63, of Leetonia, died at 11:15 AM Saturday at Salem Community Hospital.
He was born on May 20, 1948 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Donald Owen and Isabel (Gower) Graffius Sr.
He has lived in the area since the early 1970's. He and his wife Shirley spent many years in the Guilford Lake and Leetonia area. The family spent many summers at Berlin Lake camping on their lot. Don enjoyed many things in his life, but cherished the time he spent with his wife the most. He was a former member of the Salem Police Auxiliary and former Cub Scout Leader. He was a member and past master of the Perry Masonic Lodge 185 F and AM and a member of the Grottos.
Don was the co-owner of G and G Concessions for 24 years, and for the past 7 years was a security officer at Salem Community Hospital. He retired from GM Lordstown in the late 1990's from the fab plant.
He is preceded in death by his wife, the former Shirley Lee McKinnon whom he married on June 20, 1968 and who died on February 7, 2012.
He is survived by three children, William Wayne (Heather) Graffius of Salem, Christopher Scott (Tracy) Graffius of Sebring and Melissa Sue (Jamie) Campbell of Leetonia, his siblings, Debbie (Herb) Douda of Boardman, Nancy French of Columbiana, Charlene (Fred) Peck of N. Springfield, Dale Graffius of N. Springfield, Rick (Terry) Graffius of Salem, and Mark (Cindy) Graffius of Columbiana, his grandchildren, Mike, Megan, Tyler, Amanda, Amber, Ashlie, Ava Nero, Austin Nero, Zachary and Katelyn and the great grandchildren, Emma, Sophia, Alaina, Aubriana, and Ashlyn.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, 11 AM at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home. The burial will be in Grandview Cemetery
A time of visitation will be observed from 6 to 8 Pm on Wednesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service to be held at 8 PM.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Salem Masonic Lodge Temple Board for the needy.