Auburn – Dr. Donald E Derrow, DDS, 90, passed away Monday August 16, 2021 at his home in Auburn. He was born in Auburn on March 22, 1931 to James Earl and Ida Belle (Kinsey) Derrow. They have both preceded him in death as has his brother, Robert L. Derrow. Don graduated from Auburn High School in 1949 where he participated in all sports. He was a member of the Red Devils 1949 team that went to the state finals. After High School he played semi-pro football with the St. Joe Saints the year they won the semi-pro championship. He attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY on a football scholarship. In 1951, during the Korean War, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. While stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina he was sent to Greece to participate in a NATO landing. In 1952 he was sent to Las Vegas to participate in Operation Tumbler Snapper Atomic Bomb Tests. After his discharge, he entered Indiana University where he received his B.S. Degree in Science. In the fall of 1957 he entered I.U. Dental School. While in dental school he worked for Dr. Joseph Muhler who was doing research with Stanous Fluoride which was later developed into Crest Toothpaste for Proctor and Gamble. He graduated in 1961 and moved to Auburn where he practiced Dentistry for 51 years. Don was a Member of the Auburn Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and a Deacon. He was a life member of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity and a retired member of Isaac Knapp Dental Society. He was a life member of the ACD Museum and drove his 1936 Auburn on the first car tour in 1975 and participated in tours for the next 30 years. He was former President of Greenhurst Country Club, former President of the DeKalb County Cancer Society, member of the Auburn Elks Lodge and a member of the Auburn American Legion Post 97. He served on the Board of Directors of R.I.S.E. and was a proud member of the World Golf Hall of Fame Hole in One Club. He was a stock holder in the Green Bay Packers. Don married Nancy Western on March 30, 1952 in the Auburn Presbyterian Church and they have been married for almost 70 years. Nancy survives in Auburn along with their 4 children, Diane Derrow of Culver, IN, Alison Derrow-Howe of Lake James, Angola, Claudia (Joey) Sichting of Memphis, Tenn. and Donald Stuart (Caroline) Derrow of Auburn; 9 grandchildren, Madolyn Augustus, Meredith Hughes, Ava Sichting, Andrew Sichting, Mallory Spikes, Sheridan Alemon, John Samra, Wyatt Derrow and Oliver Derrow; 3 great grandchildren, Sergio Trevino, Joselyn Spikes and Greyson Spikes. A Memorial Service will be 11 AM Saturday August 21, 2021 at the Auburn Presbyterian Church, 111 West 12th Street, Auburn, IN 46706 with Rev David Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow the service in Woodlawn Cemetery with the Honor Guard from the American Legion performing military honors. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM Friday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center Street, Auburn and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Saturday from 10 to 11. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given in Don’s name to Friends Table c/o the Auburn Presbyterian church. To send condolences visit www.fellerandclark.com. Feller and Clark Funeral Home asks that anyone that has not been vaccinated for Covid 19 please wear a mask for everyone’s health and safety.
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