Donald Jean Waltz, 86, of Crawfordsville passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Ben Hur Nursing Home, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s and Louie Body dementia. 

He was born June 26, 1933, at New Ross, to Ralph Sr. and Janette (Mason) Waltz. He graduated from Linden High School in 1952. He attended Butler University and was later drafted into the military. He was a paratrooper in 101st airborne and 82nd airborne. 

After the military, Don, commonly known as “Roadhog,” farmed and drove a semi for 60 years. He was inducted into the Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame. He loved sports, semis, NASCAR, and above all, his family. 

Don was married to Julia Blair in 1980, she survives. 

Other survivors include: his children, Garry (Patty) Peacock of Salem, Mike (T) Peacock of Russellville, Brian (Lisa) Waltz of Goodland, Millie (Fred) Walton of Florida, Angie (Don) Jeffers of Waveland and Richard (Chastity) French of Crawfordsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Gladys McCay of Noblesville; his brother, Alan Waltz of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by an infant son Bruce; his parents; sisters, Naomi Hulsey and Elsie Bedrick; and brothers, Ralph Jr. (Bud) and Ernie Jr. 

Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the American Legion, Darlington. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s foundations.

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