Donald Dean Van Meter

June 20, 1937 — Dec. 2, 2022

Donald Dean Van Meter, 85, of Monon, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 2. He passed away peacefully at home following a brief illness. 

Don was born on June 20, 1937, on a small farm East of Francesville to the late Marion E. and Anna M. (Fields) Van Meter. In 1955, following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in Monticello, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1959, Don married Helen Wilson and they had two daughters, Denise and Deborah. Don served his country for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a Chief Data Processing Technician. After retiring from the Navy, Don worked as a clerk at the Lafayette Post Office for 22 years.  While working at the post office, he met Karen Pixey. They married in 1992 and Don inherited three more children: Daniel, Phillip and Barbara.  

Don was a longtime member of the Medaryville Christian Church where he served as a Deacon.  He was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed playing at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Biloxi, Mississippi. Don was honored to receive a Quilt of Valor several years ago.  

He is survived by wife Karen J. (Comer) Pixey Van Meter of Monon; daughters: Denise E. [Cliff] Walker of Liberty Hill, Texas, Deborah A. [David] Nixon of Bloomington and Barbara E. [Tate] Krigbaum of Paris, Missouri; son Daniel P. [Brandy] Pixey of Eagle River, Alabama; granddaughters: Emily Walker, Alexandria [Surjit] Dawar and Jenna Pixey; grandsons: Eric Walker, Kale Pixey, Phillip Barkho and  Joseph Barkho; great-granddaughter Coraline Barkho; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by father Marion E. Van Meter; mother Anna M. (Fields) Van Meter Begley; step-father A.D. Begley; and son Phillip M. Pixey.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at the Medaryville Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at the Medaryville Christian Church with Pastor Tony Schabel officiating. 

Burial will take place at White Post Cemetery in Medaryville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Medaryville Christian Church.  

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville.

(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 7, 2022)

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