He was born March 8, 1927, in Reelsville, Ind., the son of Glenn and Pearl (Schroer) Hassler.
Don graduated from Reelsville High School with the class of 1946. Following high school, he was drafted into the United States Army until being discharged after contacting Rheumatic Fever.
He returned to Clay County and married Jean Bennett June 2, 1950.
Don worked for Arketex until the plant closed and then later retired from Allison's Transmission in Indianapolis in 1989.
Often, Don could be found at "The Office," otherwise known as McDonald's, visiting with friends and passersby. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling, watching Pacers' basketball, and truly loved spending time with friends and family. Don was a member of the East Side Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean Hassler, and sisters Louise Gray and Geneva O'Connor.
He is survived by his daughter Nancee Riggs and husband Mike, Brazil, grandchildren Sara and Josh Sturm, Fishers, and Ashley and Jesse Davis, Brazil, brothers Gilbert Hassler and wife Betty, Harold Hassler and wife Betty, Richard Hassler and wife Maxie, and Julian Hassler and wife Sue, special friend and companion Joan Gentry, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 1 p.m., with Bro. Bill Brock. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 11 a.m., until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 705 Putnam St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47802, or the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180, South Indianapolis, Ind., 46204.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.