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Published: Wednesday, 11/1/2006

Montpelier teacher dealt in antiques

MONTPELIER, Ohio - Arthur Donaldson, 94, a retired teacher for Montpelier schools, died Saturday in Hillside Heritage Nursing Home near Bryan from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Donaldson taught at Montpelier schools from the mid-1960s until 1976, when he retired as the eighth grade social studies teacher at Superior Middle School.

He also was a schoolteacher for a year in the late 1930s in Alvordton, Ohio, where he started his teaching career.

After that, Mr. Donaldson managed the former Louden Department Stores in LaGrange, Ind., and Bronson, Mich. before returning to teaching.

He also was an appraiser and dealer in antiques in the tri-state area until the early 1980s, and owned and operated Donaldson's Radio and TV Sales and Service here for many years until closing it the 1960s.

"He was very well respected by his students. He was very religious. And he had a dry sense of humor," his granddaughter, Deidre Paschke, said.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Mr. Donaldson graduated in 1930 from Montpelier High School and from Cedarville College, in 1935, with a bachelor's degree.

In retirement, Mr. Donaldson kept dealing in antiques. In his free time, he enjoyed being with his family, volunteering at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Montpelier, of which he was a member, and fishing.

Surviving are his sons, David and Marshall; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Friday in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

The family suggests tributes to the church.

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