He was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Lincoln, Ill., to Neva and Mary (Lee) Newby.
He graduated from Hartsburg High School in 1948. In 1951 he married Eva Wood, who preceded him in death. Prior to joining the United States Army in 1951, he worked for Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill. During his tour of duty he served in Germany being honorably discharged in 1953. Upon his return home he worked as a cabinet maker and carpenter in the Indianapolis area until his retirement in 1993. On Oct. 4, 1975, he married Luella (Knoll) Akers.
Don was a Journeyman with Carpenters Union Local No. 60 and a member of the Brownsburg, Ind., VFW as well as the Staunton Christian Church, where he served as an elder.
In his free time he enjoyed wood working, photography and Indiana University Basketball, as well as spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eva (Wood) Newby in 1972, infant son Kenneth, brothers Manford Lee Newby and Harry Leo Newby, daughter-in-law Rebecca (Overton) Newby and a great granddaughter Michaela Snyder.
He is survived by his wife Luella, daughters Linda S. Simmons and husband Michael of Brazil and Joan E. McAvoy and husband Mark, Mooresville, Ind., sons Donald W. Newby II, Cicero, Ind., and Philip E. Newby and wife Marcia, Ashland, Ore., step children: Howard S. Akers and wife Sharon, Brazil, Ind., Diane J. Akers, Avon, Ind., Harlan D. Akers and Carrie Holycross, Brazil, grandchildren Anthony K. Simmons, Elizabeth, David and Daniel Newby, Wade Akers, sister Cora Mae Klokkenga, Lincoln, Ill., as well as a large extended family.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at 11 a.m., with Brother Doug Parkey officiating. Visitation will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Staunton Christian Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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