Donald E. Strong, 76, of West Lafayette passed away at 5:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at Cumberland Point Nursing Home from malignant neoplasm cardia cancer.
Donald was born July 10, 1944, at Crawfordsville, to Lewis Strong and Catherine Shaffer. Donald has three brothers, Jim of Indianapolis, Jack of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and Larry of Frankfort; and a sister, Jeannie of Crawfordsville.
Donald married Frieda Stewart on Sept. 3, 1981, at Crawfordsville. She survives. Donald and Frieda just celebrated 39 years of marriage.
Donald grew up in Crawfordsville and attended Montgomery County schools. He held various jobs throughout his life. He was a cook at a Holiday Inn, worked with horses and also traveled to different states with the carnival.
Donald enjoyed playing bingo, painting, impersonating Elvis and singing karaoke when he and Frieda lived at the Friendship House before moving.
Donald also is survived by his in-laws, Wanda (Jim) Miller of Crawfordsville, Wannita Latourette of Perrysville, Richard Stewart of South Bend, Merle (Liz) Stewart of Cave City, Kentucky, and nieces, Stephanie Stewart and Toni LaStrada.
Donald is preceded in death by his father, Lewis Strong; daughter Becky Ballard; sister-in-law Kay Stewart; brothers-in-law, Greg Latourette and Winfred Stewart; nephews, Charlie Bolen and Randy Harboldt; and nieces, Gina Stewart and Susie Harboldt.
Donald and his wife have had several caregivers throughout the years. In the last 16 years Heart of Gold Care at Home Inc. has become their family and the caregivers are known as “their girls.” His wife Frieda would especially like to say “thank you” to Vania Alaniz, Melissa Ray and Renee Hart for all their dedication, love and support and going above and beyond in the last six months. Also, a special “thank you” to Heather Harshbarger, Audrey Storey and Pastor Tom Covington with Guardian Angel Hospice and Cumberland Pointe in West Lafayette for the care given to Donald in the last few months.
Donald was entrusted with Hunt & Son’s Funeral Home and cremation was chosen.
A celebration of Donald’s life will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the home of Renee Hart, 3880 Scoria St., Lafayette (Stone Crossing addition). For questions or directions, call 765-402-0086.