Donald “Don” Herbert McCreary, 88, of Clarksville, Indiana, passed away peacefully with his devoted wife by his side on January 6, 2023. Donald was born on April 19,1934 in Bethlehem, Indiana to Herbert L. and Lucille E. (Beach) McCreary. He was a loving husband, father, and Grand dad, who will be remembered as a man who loved his family, processed a great sense of humor, enjoyed dancing and music, was extortionately kind, and was always present to take care of his family and help his friends.
Donald was a 1951 graduate of New Washington High School. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Helen Lela Ellis, and for the next 70 years, they were inseparable.
Donald loved spending time with his family. Together he and his wife enjoyed playing cards with friends, boating and water skiing, traveling throughout the United States – especially extended trips to Florida. Their favorite past time was dancing, especially square dancing. Throughout their marriage, they were members of, and served as officers, of several clubs, including Bar and Swing, Circle J’s, Double H, and The Rebels. Donald was ordained as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Clarksville. Most recently, he was a member at Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown.
During his work career, he worked as a manager for different companies including Sunshine Biscuit Company and JC Penney. For many years, Donald and his wife owned their own grocery delivery service. In 1956, Donald was drafted into military service. He proudly served in the 3rd Armored Spearhead Division (U.S. Army). When he was stationed in Frankfürt, Germany, his wife joined him. Their daughter was born there, and the family remained in Germany until they returned to the United States in 1958 at which time, Donald served in the Reserves.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Russell L. McCreary.
Left to cherish his memory is his devoted and loving wife of 70 years, Helen Lela (Ellis) McCreary of Clarksville; a daughter, Donna D. McCreary of Charlestown; and his grandson, James Patrick Bowen, of Indianapolis. Scott Funeral Home has been entrusted with his cremation and a memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, Charlestown on February 18, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Presbyterian Church, Charlestown. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.scottfuneralhome.com.