He was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Clay City, the son of Robert and Clara Pauline (Murle) Amerman.
Don graduated from Clay City High School with the class of 1948. In a double wedding ceremony with his sister Alice and John Emmert, he married Gwenavere LaVonne Alkire June 2, 1956, in Terre Haute.
Don had served his country with the Air National Guard being honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in 1989.
He had worked in Transportation and Supply at Hulman Field for more than 30 years before retiring in the late 1980s.
Don was a member of the Air National Guard, Masonic Lodge 562, Order of the Eastern Star, York Rite of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine and the First United Church of Christ. Over the years, Don served in several capacities on the Clay City Fair Board.
He enjoyed farming as well as collecting antique farm equipment.
While serving with the Zorah Shrine, Don spent much of his time helping to transport children from the Wabash Valley to both Cincinnati and St. Louis hospitals for medical care. Don also served several years as the director of the Oriental Band.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gwenavere as well as sister Alice Emmert and brothers Murle Amerman and Verne Amerman.
He leaves behind a daughter, Donna Amerman, Terre Haute, son David Amerman, Clay City, and granddaughter Josie Lynn Amerman, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Julie Western officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peters Cemetery, with military services provided by members of the V.F.W., American Legion and United States Air Force.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m., with Masonic Services at 7 p.m.
Visitation will also be Wednesday, from 2 p.m., until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, First United Church of Christ, or Masonic Lodge 561.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.