Donald "Don" John Ignash, 58, passed away on November 17, 2021 in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Donny was born in Augusta, Georgia on September 26, 1963. He was born the fourth child in his family, but soon became the big brother to two additional siblings. He traveled in his early years due to his father’s military career but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Groveport, Ohio. Don went to be with the Lord on November 17, 2021, only 2 months after his mother was called to Heaven. Donny always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. It is certain that he met St. Peter with a joke that was likely politically based or slightly inappropriate. We can only imagine the joyous reunion with his parents, John and Ludie Ignash.
Don is survived by his longtime girlfriend and life partner, Laura Breeckner, siblings, Runa (Greg) Melick, Jeannie Ignash, Tammy (Torsten) Krings, Dan Ignash, and Ellie (Jon) Hite, Nieces and nephews, John (Elizabeth) Melick, Becky (Nate) Cline, Aaron (Cassi) Melick, Sydny (Scott) Wildermuth, Zach Phillips, Donny Ball, Cody Troilo, Sophie Krings, Connor Krings, Shane Ignash, Danica Ignash, Corey (Kristin) Hite, Katie (Dylan) Sellers, Madison Hite, and Megan Hite; 15 great nieces and nephews; and countless other family members, friends, and Masonic brothers.
Don did not have any children of his own but adored his nieces and nephews. He loved spending time with them and helping them however he could, whether it be helping with a car or just playing on the floor. He teased them endlessly but would have done anything to protect them. Don loved his title as “Uncle” more than anything. He was nearly giddy with happiness when one of his nieces boyfriends, Luke, started calling him by that title and he had to point out more than once that he had gained another nephew. His nieces and nephews can be certain that he will be cheering them all on from heaven!
While his looks and sense of humor were the most apparent thing that he got from his father, he also inherited his ability to make friends easily. Anyone that met Don became his friend. His ability to stay connected to many childhood friends speaks to his caring personality. While he had many lifelong friends, he also made new friends easily and would make new friends anywhere he went.
He was a Post Master of the Groveport Masonic Lodge from 2009, and was very proud to be a Mason and serve something larger than himself. While Donny had flaws, like all of us do, he was a follower of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Don was a talented woodworker and handyman. He worked on homes in Florida to make a living and built remarkable wood kayaks as a hobby. He worked at ODOT in Ohio during spring and summer months and returned to Florida every fall.
A song that Don listened to on the way to plan his mother’s funeral was “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle. He said it was one of his favorites.
“Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I've tried to win this war,
I confess My hands are weary,
I need Your rest Mighty warrior,
King of the fight
No matter what I face,
You're by my side.
When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You"
It is at times like this that we must lean into the Lord and trust in him the way Donny did. He knew that no matter the path his life would take him to rest in the arms of Jesus.
Don's family will receive friends on Sunday, November 28, from 6-8pm at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg. His funeral service will be held on Monday, November 29, at 10am at Spirit & Truth Fellowship, 11020 Alspach Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110.
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