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Donald G. "Don" Shoub, 88, born in East Liverpool, Ohio, left this world for a new adventure on January 22, 2013. He was the youngest of the four brothers who all saw action in World War II and all returned. Don landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day at the age of 19. He was part of the demolition team and had to find the mines in the mine fields. At night the men would tie one wrist to a post so they would not accidentally forget where they were at night and walk into the mine field before fully awake. For a full year after he returned from the war, he could not fall asleep at night without tying his wrist to the bed post.
Don was an adventurer and was full of life, very creative, very generous, very smart and a little mischievous. Over the years, Don and his family would feed anyone that needed food. Anyone they knew who was alone in the world was always welcome to join the Shoub family for a meal, beer and perhaps music or a card game. Don was outgoing and inclusive and was a true entrepreneur whose unique life took him from his many small business adventures in Gary, Indiana, (hamburger grill, meat market, flocked center pieces and Christmas trees, warehouses, carpenter, brick layer, etc.) to retirement as a lobster fisherman in Key Largo, Fla. Since 2011, Don, Carol and Don Jr. lived with his daughter and family in Columbus, Indiana, so he could receive dialysis treatments. His last wishes were to see his old friend Harold Stevens in Las Vegas and to see his home one last time in Key Largo – he did both.
Don is survived by Carol, his wife of 67 years; his daughter, Christine Mullholand; his son, Don Shoub Jr. of New Castle, Indiana; his brother, Carl Shoub of Nashville, TN; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Chapel of the Dunes, 301 S. Lake Street, Gary, Indiana. Lunch will follow the memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapel of the Dunes, P.O. Box 2517, Gary, IN 46403-9519.
Don woke each morning with a profound appreciation of life. He was generous with his smiles, his time and his possessions. He was a living reminder that life is so precious and seems to be over in a blink.