Don Hanzie


Donald Dean Hanzie

April 21, 1938 - September 26, 2018


Donald Dean Hanzie, 80 of Creston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster after a period of declining health.

Don was born April 21, 1938 in Sterling to the late Raymond and Arlene (Mast) Hanzie and was a 1956 graduate of Norwayne High School.  On June 1, 1958 he married the former Phyllis Allen and together they shared 60 wonderful years together.  Stricken with polio at the age of two, Don overcame many obstacles and worked for 48 years having been at Morton Salt for over 28 years where he was a Journeyman and later at RBA Inc. and at Aldridge Folders in Wadsworth where he finally retired from in 2003.  He had made his home in Creston all of his life where he was a member of Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church and had coached Little League and Hot Stove baseball for 9 years with his son Jeff.  Don and Phyllis enjoyed traveling having taken two trips to Japan to visit their son, Chris as well as trips to Branson, fishing trips to Canada and to Cedar Point.  He enjoyed woodworking and caring for his home, attending his granddaughters’ school and sporting activities and in recent years caring for his great-grandsons.  Don will be greatly missed but will be remembered for dedication and faithfulness to God and his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis, son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Alan and Alana Hanzie of Creston; granddaughters and their husbands, Jessica and Joe Leonard and Julia and Dan Workman; great-grandsons, Colin and Logan Workman; sisters and brother, Helen and Tom Snyder of Creston, Jerry Hanzie of Tucson, AZ and Jeanne and Ken Glessner of Wooster; a brother-in-law, Bill Hardgrove of Rittman and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including Tomohiro Sato and his family who was a former exchange student. Don has been reunited with his daughter, Lori Jean who died in1965, his son, Christopher Michael Hanzie who died in 2013, his sister, Carole Hardgrove and his sister-in-law, Karen Hanzie. 

Services will be Monday, Oct. 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church.  Friends may call Sunday from 4-7 Murray Funeral Home in Creston.  Interment will be in Creston Maple Mound Cemetery.  Tributes may be shared at  Memorial contributions may be made to Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church PO Box 1111, Creston, OH 44217 or to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

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Name: Tim Roden

So very sad to hear this Don was my neighbor and friend when we moved to Creston from the first time i met him it seemed like i known him for ever  he and Mrs. Hanzie are amazing people I'm so sorry for your loss Mrs. Hanzie my heart is breaking right now god bless you and the family during all this he was a great man and so left an incredible mark and void in the world while he was here I'm honored to have known him and had the privilege of calling him my friend GOD BLESS 


Name: Bud and Barb Workman

We were so saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was such a sweet, caring and funny man. I loved the bond he had with his great grandsons, Colin and Logan...especially Colin. I believe he lived for these boys. There will be a huge void in the lives of Phyllis and the Hanzie families. Our love and prayers are with you. I believe I will see Don when I enter Heaven.







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