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Donald Howard Messersmith

December 17, 1928 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Donald Howard Messersmith Obituary

Donald Howard Messersmith, age 95, passed away on January 8, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Don was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a professor who inspired students around the world. Left to cherish his memory are his children Mary (Bill), Donna (Steve), Betsy (Mark), and Heidi (Hjarman), along with his grandchildren Nick, Greg, Melanie, Amelia Rose, Becca, Rita, and Carissa, extended family and special friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margarita “Sherry” Messersmith. Don was born on December 17, 1928 in Toledo, OH. He graduated from DeVilbiss High School and was recognized as one of their outstanding alumni. Afterwards he attended the University of Toledo for his undergraduate studies and completed a Masters degree at the University of Michigan. His studies culminated with a Ph. D. from Virginia Tech. He served in the U S Army Medical Service Corps (1953-55). Don was a Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Ornithology at the University of Maryland. He also taught at other institutions and overseas. Don led worldwide tours, becoming a renowned bird watcher.  Don was an active church member, Boy Scout, Youth Hosteler, and a member and contributor to numerous organizations and projects. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Crowder/Messersmith Conservation Fund at Nature Forward, 8940 Jones Mill Rd. Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Don is buried at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo, OH beside his wife, Sherry, and his parents, Howard and Elizabeth Messersmith.

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Graveside Service
January 17, 2024

1:00 PM
Ottawa Hills Memorial Park
4210 W. Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606


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