Donald Eugene Nash, age 89, a resident of Topeka, Kan. passed from this life at 2 a.m. September , 2012 at the Rossville Care Center; Rossville, Kan. Funeral arrangements by Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Mary’s, Kansas, 66536
Donald Eugene Nash was born 20th of August 1923 near Bartlett, Labette County, Kan. to Howard Nash and Ruth McNemar Nash, both who preceded him in death. He married Patricia Lynett Potter, on16 July 1955, in Chetopa, Labette County, Kan.
His parents moved from Labette County to Cherokee County when Donald was about four years old.
He attended Mt. Pleasant rural school for his elementary education and then graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in 1943. As his parents were farmers, Donald prepared himself to follow in their footsteps. However, his parents left that occupation following World War II and that changed his plans.
He was called to US Army service in early 1948. He took his basic training at Ft Riley, Kan. and transferred to a Field Artillery Battalion. He was sent overseas where he served with the occupational troops in Japan for 18 months.
After his marriage in 1955 he worked as a truck driver for several firms and later in life became a self employed painting contractor in Topeka, Kan. He enjoyed bird hunting and small game. He retired in the late 1980’s.
His wife Patricia L. Nash preceding him in death in 2005. He is survived by his son, Michael Eugene Nash of Valley Center, Kan.; step son, Wayne Lee Ervin of Alma, Kan.; four grandchildren, Jeremiah Lee Ervin, Samuel Lee Ervin, Lana Renee Nash and Crystal Nicole Nash: sister, Martha E. Wallace of Bountiful, Utah, brother Wayne L. Nash of Edmond, Okla., sister, Delores K. Nash of Bronson, Kan., and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the grave side services at the Fairview Cemetery, Chetopa, on Tuesday
September 18 at 10 a.m.