Donald Adam Falls
Attended Winslow Schools with Class of 1955
April 28, 2013
Donald Adam Falls, 77, of Oakland City, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 surrounded by family at home. Don was born in Pike County on November 14, 1935 to Golda and Adam Falls.
Don attended Hosmer and Winslow schools (was in school with WHS Class of 1955) until the eighth grade when the family moved to Oakland City, Indiana. Don graduated from Oakland City High School in 1955 were he played all four major sports. In track he held high school records in high jump, broad jump, shot put and pole vault. He started on varsity teams of football and basketball as a freshman. He was honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for scoring 55 points in a basketball game against Haubstadt in 1955 and held the Gibson county scoring record for several years. Upon graduation from high school, Don was offered several major Division I scholarships for basketball and football but chose to stay close to home and play for Oakland City College were he accepted a scholarship to play baseball and basketball. He continued to participate in basketball and softball into his fifties.
Don was married to his high school sweetheart Sharon Parke for 57 years. They were married on November 23, 1955. As a lifelong resident of Oakland City, Don gave much of his time and support to the community. In the 1960’s he was on a committee to start Little League and built the first baseball field where he coached Little League for several years. Don was an enthusiastic fan of all Wood Memorial sports where he was a regular fixture at all basketball games. Don was a volunteer fireman for 49 years and was an active member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oakland City for 45 years. He was also a 46 year member of the Oakland City Masonic Lodge #467 F. & A. M. Don was employed at Whirlpool Corporation in supervision 36 years before retiring in 1992. Don was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing those outings with his friends and family. He was a Purdue Boilermaker fan and enjoyed the rivalry with his IU friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Bartley; and brother, Robert Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Parke) Falls; sons, Rick (Cathy) Falls, Kevin (Regina) Falls, Chris (Jill) Falls; daughter, Wendy Falls; grandchildren, Taryn Falls, Carissa (Brandon) Maikranz, Adam (Jen) Falls, Ashley Falls (Wesley) , Kristin (George) Allen, Zeke (Renee) Wilson, Brittany Wilson, Lathan Falls, Alton Falls, and Blake Falls; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Aubri, Kaleigh, Inessa, Kylee, Kenadi, Kaitlyn, Abygail, Summer, Briella and Brianna; and a brother, Bert Falls.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 3, 2013, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oakland City, with Dr. Douglas Low officiating burial in Montgomery Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 -8:00 PM Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Lamb Basham Memorial Chapel in Oakland City and from 8:00 AM until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, to the Carillon Bells Fund, P.O. Box 336, Oakland City, Indiana 47660.
Burial at Montgomery Cemetery.
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