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Donald L. Crist, Jr.

April 20, 1954 — August 19, 2023

Donald L. Crist, Jr., age 69, of Niles passed away suddenly August 19, 2023. He was born on April 20, 1954, in Ravenna, OH to the late Donald L. and Earline M. Hodge Crist.

After attending Augusta Military Academy as a youth, he graduated from Howland High School, class of 1973. A very hard-worker, Don was industrious and reliable. He worked for US Steel, as a civilian hydraulics and pneumatics technician at Dover Air Force Base, and as a staff sergeant in the US Air Force Reserves. He was very proud of his service to his country and enjoyed his time in the service. After his time in the Air Force, he began a career as a truck owner and operator, working for numerous local trucking companies, until his retirement in 2019.

Don was a lover of all things musical. He could play several brass instruments, but was most accomplished at the trumpet, which he played in the Warren Junior Military Band and the Air Force Band. He could be heard around the house singing lines from his favorite songs and even some of his own lyrics. He had an excellent sense of humor and could easily make other people laugh. In his spare time, he could be found tinkering in the garage on an old car or motorcycle or doing woodworking projects. His last projects were the restoration of a British Norton motorcycle and finishing the deck on his home. Donnie spent endless hours riding his multiple Harley Davidsons with his friends.

Don was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family. He married his wife Irina on June 23, 2006, and they spent 17 loving years together. He is survived by his wife, Irina Crist; sons, Jason (Jill) Crist, and Jared (Jessica) Crist; stepson, Yury (Anna) Kurzhumov; daughter-in-law, Oksana Voinova; grandchildren, Zion, Michael, Andi, Andrew, and Mark; sister, Vivian (Bill) Beichler; longtime friends, DiAnne (Jeff) Lindberg; numerous other extended family members and fur baby Ringo. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Daugherty, sister, Nancy Daugherty and his beloved dog Elvis.

Calling hours will be held 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Friday, August 25, 2023, at Lane Funeral Home, Roberts-Clark Chapel 180 Garfield Dr. NE Warren, OH 44483 with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 PM. Interment will be held at Crown Hill Burial Park. Online condolences can be made at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.


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Friday, August 25, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lane Family Funeral Homes - Roberts-Clark Chapel

180 Garfield Drive Northeast, Warren, OH 44483

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 25, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lane Family Funeral Homes - Roberts-Clark Chapel

180 Garfield Drive Northeast, Warren, OH 44483

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