Donald "Don" C. BinauOctober 11, 1927 ~ December 30, 2017 (age 90)
Donald “Don” Clair Binau, age 90, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home on December 30, 2017.
Don was born on October 11, 1927 in Lovell, Ohio to Willis and Lela Binau, both of whom are deceased. He was married to his beloved wife, Dorothy Gabriel on January 1, 1949 and she passed away on January 13, 2007.
He is survived by his three sons, Dan (Kathy) Binau of Columbus, Ohio; Richard (Pamela) Binau of Fremont, Ohio; and Brian (Sara) Binau of Houston, Texas; daughter-in-law Suzanne Binau of Powell, Ohio; grandchildren Ellie Binau, Jake Binau, Sara Celek, Erin Binau, Ryan Binau, Kristen Binau, Kelsey Taylor, Kate Binau, and Alexis Hebel: nine great grandchildren, Claira, Carli, Kevin, Ethan, Elijah, Christopher, Eliana, Knox, and Nash; sister-in-law Martha Bennett. A brother, Gene Binau, and sister, Phyllis Weaver, both of Upper Sandusky, Ohio; and a dear friend Jean Byrd of Upper Sandusky.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Lela Binau, his son, Kevin Binau, brother, Melford Binau, and sister, Peg Orians.
Don graduated from Salem High School where he played basketball. He later served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper during World War II. Following his time in the service, Don was a farmer, a banker, bank director, an insurance agent, then President and CEO of the Ohio Mutual Group in Bucyrus, Ohio, from 1965-1995. He was past President of the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. He was past director of the United Bank in Bucyrus, member of the BPOE #83 in Upper Sandusky, Bucyrus Rotary Club, Warpole Lodge #176 F&AM, and a longstanding member of the John Stewart United Methodist Church.
Don lived life to the fullest and was a loving family man. For many years, Don and his wife, Dorothy, spent countless hours on the road traveling to watch their grandchildren in their sports, dancing, and other activities. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family in Florida, taking long walks, boating on Ellis Lake, and dining out with friends. Don was also an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and attended many basketball and football games over the years.
Visitations will be held on Saturday, January 6, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, with a private service for family and friends to be conducted at 5:30pm at the funeral home on Saturday, Rev. Brian Arnold officiating.
In lieu of flowers, family is requesting that donations be made to the Kevin A. Binau Scholarship Fund administered by the Crawford County Community Foundation and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351.
Kevin A. Binau Scholarship Fund administered by the Crawford County Community Foundation