Donald Michael Gedeon, born on January 29, 1931 in Cleveland Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on a beautiful Tuesday evening, August 18, 2020 in Morgantown, WV. He was 89.
Don loved his family, road trips shortcuts!, popcorn, musical theater, and baseball. He also loved the Cleveland Browns; he was one of the original fans who attended the inaugural game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1946! He is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School Cleveland, OH, and Cleveland State University Class of 1956, where he studied accounting. Don proudly worked as a certified public accountant and controller for over 37 years. His employers included Price Waterhouse & Co. Cleveland, OH, North Electric Co. Galion,
OH and later Johnson City, TN, and American Flat Glass Industries Kingsport, TN. He enjoyed hiking, and after he move to Atlanta, GA, he maintained a section of the Appalachian Trail with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club GATC. A runner as well, he ran in several marathons, with his most memorable being the New York City Marathon when he was in his 50s. He also enjoyed the adventures of many travels; with the help of his granddaughter, he even managed to pull off a solo trip to London last year with such stealth that he surprised his own daughter. Don shared his love for organizing and grammar with his family, and he shared his love of accounting with students he tutored in his leisure time.
Don married his beloved wife, Mary "Dolly" Schnabel of St Joseph, MO in 1953. They had four children and were happily married until her death in 1991.
In 1996 he wed his new love, Hope Davis of Atlanta, GA. Both previously widowed, they enjoyed traveling together until her death in 2013.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael S. and Florence A. Gedeon; brother, David Ray Gedeon; sister, Dorothy F Gedeon Krohn; wife, Mary "Dolly" Schnabel Gedeon; wife, Hope Davis Gedeon; and daughter, Laura Jenkins and son-in-law Wallace "Wally" Jenkins.
Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Donald K. Gedeon Denise of Panama City, FL and Martin Gedeon Terry of Johnson City, TN; daughter, Michele Vidulich Richard of Morgantown, WV; grandchildren, Melanie Kyle Brandon of Greenville, NC; Don E. "Donnie" Gedeon Jennifer of Raleigh, NC; Alisa Vidulich of Washington, DC; and Elizabeth Vidulich of Morgantown, WV; and 4 great-grandchildren, Donald James, Abby, Ellie, and Finn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society cancer.org or Georgia Appalachian Trail Club georgia-atclub.org.
The family will have a private celebration of life.
Donald passed on August 18, 2020
Family will hold a private service at a later date.