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Don Flenniken

October 23, 2012
The Herald-Star

FLENNIKEN, Don, 79, of Wooster, OH, died Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Akron City Hospital, in Akron, OH.

Don was born February 11, 1933, in Steubenville, OH, to John and Gertrude (Harris) Flenniken.

Don worked in Ohio education as a high school biology teacher for 10 years and retired in 1972. He then went to work for Goodwill Industries as a supervisor for 20 years and retired in 1990.

Don was one of the founders of Ohio Moss and Lichen Association. He authored the books: The Macrolichens in West Virginia and New River Gorge Project: Lichens of the Rocky Cliffs. He co-authored The Macrolichens of Ohio. He also published numerous lichen articles.

Don will be deeply missed by his daughters, Diane (Peter) Schwendeman of Newark, OH, and Lois Flenniken of Malta, OH; special friend, Naomi Mathew and her family of Smithville; and Shirley Frye, mother of Don's two daughters; grandchildren, Josh (Jenny) Gilliland, Damon (Delaney) Gilliland, Justin (Laura) Weaver, and Sarah Keirns; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, John Flenniken of Steubenville.

Don was preceded in death by his brother, Jay Flenniken, granddaughter, Faith Anna Semon and son-in-law, Jerry Semon.

A private family service will be held.

Online tributes may be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 445, Independence, OH 44131: www.jdrfneo. org.

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