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Donald M. Motter  WWII


June 9, 1924 - July 27, 2016.

Donald M. Motter, 92, of Piqua, died at 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born June 9, 1924 in Fletcher to the late Ray and Mary (Smith) Motter. He married Patsy Baker, February 11, 1953 in Covington, and she preceded him in death December 2, 2005.


Other survivors include two sons, Benjamin (Lori) Motter of Piqua, Kirk (Carol) Motter of Ft. Loramie; two daughters, Debra (Bill) Oakes of Sidney, Heather (Michael) Bell of Piqua; eight grandchildren, Levi (Jennifer) Motter, Holly (Joe) Vincent, Eric Bell, Mackenzie (Azam Hussain) Emrick, Jennifer (Chris) King, Heather (Greg) Woehrmyer, Kelly (Beau Calcei) Motter, Kelsey (John) Dorsey; thirteen great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Kathryn Nishwitz of Piqua. He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Kent, and Raymond Motter. 


Mr. Motter was a 1942 graduate of Piqua Central High School and a 1953 graduate of the University of Alabama where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, serving as its treasurer and president. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church and served on the church council. He was active in many Masonic organizations; past Master of Warren Lodge #24, High Priest of Piqua Chapter #31 Royal Arch Masons; Illustrious Master of Royal and Select Masons, Coleman Commandary #17, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, Antioch Shrine and the Order of Jesters Dayton Council #10. He also served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 147 for ten years and the Chairman of the Antioch Shrine Children's Hospital Fund drive for eleven years. He was an Army Veteran of World War II serving in the 190th field artillery battalion and the 702nd tank destroyer battalion of the 2nd Armored Division. He made the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach and fought courageously in the five major battle campaigns during the Battle of the Bulge. He was the past commander of the VFW Post #4874. He was a geophysicist for Atlantic-Richfield Oil & Refining Company and later was employed as a mechanical engineer by Hobart-ITW in Troy.


A service to honor his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday August 1, 2016 at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church with Rev. Dr. Keith Gebhart officiating. Burial will follow at Fletcher Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a Masonic service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m... Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Children's Hospital, 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229, the Antioch Temple Building Fund, 107 E. 1st St., Dayton, OH 45402 or Hospice of Miami County, Inc. P. O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through

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