Donald Ray Lintner, age 87, of Circleville, went to be with Jesus on April 27, 2016.
Don was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Columbus, to Earl Reuben Lintner and Emma Marie Graumlich.
He was raised in Gahanna and graduated from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 1945. Don was an avid follower of Jesus Christ, and he credits Jimmy Swaggert with leading him to salvation. Don was kind and most generous to everyone that he met, greeting everyone with, “Good morning.”
He was a great lover of draft horses, with which he farmed for 31 years. Don bought his first team of Belgian workhorses, a pair of mother and daughter mares, at the age of 16 with his grandpa, Zif Graumlich. He moved to Pickaway County in 1949 and started dairying with a herd of Holstein cows. Most of Don’s crop farming and hay making was done with the team.
In later years, Don was a reputable and respected dealer of fine Holstein dairy cattle in the US and Canada. With the progress of machinery, crop production and efficiency, the team was sold for a number of years. Don’s passion for his team of horses was never lost. In 1979, a team of Percherons was purchased. The 110-acre farm produced 40 tons of pumpkins and hundreds of dozens of sweet corn each year until 2012.
At the age of 85, Don retired from farming in 2013.
He was preceded in death by parents; special uncle, Elmer Lintner; special aunt, Ruth MacIntosh; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Elizabeth Walsh.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Theresa Jacqueline Couchie (Cochae) Lintner. Together they raised seven daughters, Sheila Dawn (Jeff) Writsel, Christy Sue (Bob) Diltz, Aunda Lu (Scott) Watters, Brenna Colene (HL) Gibson, Lisa Ann (Eric) Berlin, Donna Raye (John) Haller and Tonya Marie “Toni” (Alan) Sutton. He also leaves 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; special friend, David Carson; sister, Betty Whitacre; brother, Larry (Helen) Lintner; and brother, Beck (Barb) Lintner.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Wellman Funeral Home, Circleville, with Chaplain Jim Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow in Hitler Ludwig Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Berger Health Foundation, Parkinson’s Fund, in memory of Donald Lintner, 600 N. Pickaway St., Circleville, OH 43113; or Ohio Health Foundation benefiting Ohio Health Hospice, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal