Donald L. “Donnie” Mahle, 83, of Zanesville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 3:34 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at Genesis Hospital. He was born on Oct 10, 1936 in Philo, a son of the late John and Hattie Mahle, and step-father, Robert Flynn.
He was a lifelong, self-employed truck driver, always known as Tonka Man! He was a man of many hats, a true jack of all trades. There was nothing he wasn’t good at, including being a hometown movie star! He never knew a stranger, had a big heart with the biggest smile for everyone, including his church family. He was the most amazing and extremely loved husband, Dad and Papaw, as “Papaw” was a title he took most pride in! Dancing with his wife and spending time with his family brought him the greatest joy of all. He was truly a one of a kind man! His impact on others throughout his life meant more than he could ever know. He was a hard core and die-hard Marine!
He is survived by his wife Judith “Judy” Mahle. Four children Susan (Michael) Sims, Stacey (Pat) Longstreth, Brian Mahle, and Jennifer (James) Galbraith. Five grandchildren Lindsay Sims, Mollie Sims, Brady Longstreth, Kinsey Longstreth, and Rhett Beem. Two great-grandchildren Mayleigh Martin and Briar Longstreth. “Daughter at Heart” Lori Moore. Several nieces and nephews whom he also loved dearly. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Ray Mahle, his step-sisters and step-brother.
A celebration of life service will be held Sat. Oct. 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Unity Church of The Nazarene 3095 Maysville Pike Zanesville, Ohio with Pastor Walt Gessner officiating. Zanesville VFW and Zanesville American Legion will conduct military honors following the service at the church.William Thompson & Son Funeral Home in White Cottage is assisting the Mahle family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to The Unity Church of the Nazarene of South Zanesville.
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