WELLSVILLE [OH] - Donald J. "Chicken" Henthorn, 78, of Broadway Street, Wellsville, [OH] died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at East Liverpool City Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1931, in Wellsville, to Mary Catherine Gladwell and Clarence Headley. After the death of his mother, his maternal grandparents Jesse and Genevieve (Mertz) Henthorn, adopted him.
Donald attended Wellsville High School until his enlistment in the Army, where he served during the Korean War, as a Sergeant and Howitzer gunner in the 38th Field Artillery Unit. He worked at the former Crucible Steel in the cold strip, before retiring in 1982. Donald later worked at Minor's Supply.
Donald's wife, Patricia Springer Gallagher, whom he married May 4, 1954, preceded him in death on June 4, 2002.
Donald was a life member of the American Legion Post 70 and was once active in the Color Guard. He was also an active member of the V.F.W. #5646 and the F.O.E. #722. He attended First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Kaye Sears, and her husband John, of Wellsville; one sister, Genevieve Smith of Woodsfield, Ohio; one grandson, John Michael Sears of East Liverpool; one granddaughter, Dawn Sears Dillon, and her husband Derek, of Stephens City, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, parents, and grandparents, Donald was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Henthorn.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the Roberts Funeral Home, 631 Main Street, Wellsville, with Rev. Robert Phillips of the church officiating.
Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Tri State Burial Group.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.