Donald P. McKissick
1936 - 2021
Donald P. McKissick, 84, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021, after a long-fought battle with heart disease. He was born at home on June 1, 1936, to Naomi and Paul W. McKissick in Claytonia, PA. He was the eldest of six children and was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Frank Gorencic, brother Thomas McKissick and sister Maureen (Paul) Humes. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judy; daughter, Karen (Matt) Cincione; and son, Paul (Wendy); grandchildren, Adam (Cierra), Cara and Aaron Cincione; sisters, Carol Cranmer, Victoria (Mark) Laport and Mary Dickenson. He graduated from West Sunbury High School, West Sunbury, PA, and Penn Technical Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. He served in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He was employed in the aerospace and telecommunications industries his entire career. He had the remarkable ability to build or repair almost anything and was always willing to share his time and talents. Don was a kind and generous man. He was a devoted husband and father who loved his family beyond measure. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren's high school sporting and musical events, and he treasured the time he spent with his grandsons on the golf course. In retirement, Don was the preferred babysitter when his young grandchildren were "sick" or had snow or vacation days. Those days he spent with them were among his fondest memories. When he wasn't involved in childcare, he spent a great deal of time golfing and bowling. He was good at both but was never satisfied with his scores. He always expected to do better the next time. He developed many friendships while golfing in groups at Raymond GC and bowling with seniors at Sawmill Lanes. He and Paul enjoyed many afternoons together at the golf course and bowling alley in later years. He and Judy were fortunate to be able to travel extensively after they both retired, and enjoyed many cruises and other trips, both in the US and abroad. He was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church and, for many years, volunteered as a greeter/usher. Don was a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His enthusiasm for them never wavered in spite of many difficult years. He enjoyed wearing his Steelers gear to family gatherings of Browns fans and even tried to recruit the grandchildren to his side. The family is grateful to OhioHealth Hospice for the kind and compassionate care extended to both Don and Judy.
There will be no visitation. A private service is planned for the immediate family due to COVID restrictions. The family will hold a memorial service on February 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Don supported the work of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. In lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to make a donation in his memory can do so at midohiofoodbank.org/donate-now. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or extend condolences. Funeral arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN.