SUNBURY — Donald “Don” Allan Landis of Sunbury, born May 23, 1942, went home to see Jesus June 21, 2019.

Don said he was a sinner saved by grace and that he would rather people know Jesus than remember him. He loved telling people about Jesus and telling stories. He did not know a stranger. Don loved his family, old Gospel Hymns, old cars and loud pipes, chrome (He chromed everything he could), was very proud to be an American and much, much more. Don was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Germany driving a wrecker truck.

Don was an owner/operator bulldozing specialist for Landis Grading for 40 years. There wasn’t a piece of equipment he could not operate. Don was most known for driving his blue 1964 GMC Crackerbox dozer truck that he later turned into a parade truck for family and friends to ride on and throw candy in several area parades. He would make those pipes sing on that truck as he shifted those gears. You could hear him coming down the road from miles away on a clear night. After he retired from dozing he went to work driving dump truck for Mid-Ohio Paving in Centerburg. He loved spreading gravel, visiting with his customers, and making their jobs look good. Don spent the last 16 years wintering in Florida so he could golf all year long.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Robert (Bob) and Marjorie (Marj) Landis of Westerville, and his brother, Douglas Landis.

He is survived by the love of his life for 53 years, Linda (Ryder) Landis; his daughters, Shelly Arnold (Scott), Jill (Eric) Hayden and Shendra (Ben) Miller; his 10 grandchildren whom he adored, Olivia, Ethan and Ryan Arnold, Grant, Alex and Jake Hayden, Charlotte, Kaleb, Annabelle & Luke Miller; his brothers, Dave Landis, Dale (JoAnn) Landis, and Dennis (Wendy) Landis and countless nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Don’s life will be at Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. Dress Patriotic. There will be a Salvation Army bucket to put change in to honor Don because he NEVER passed a Salvation Army Red Bucket without putting money in. In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to the Salvation Army Central Ohio, 966 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205.

Submitted by Shelly Arnold.

 

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