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First United Methodist Church
Sunday February 27th, 2022
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Celebration of Life

First United Methodist Church
Sunday February 27th, 2022

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Donald L. "Don" Chisler



Donald L. “Don” Chisler, age 75, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Fairmont Crossing, Amherst, Va.


Don absolutely loved life, and lived and loved fully. He married his high school sweetheart, raised 3 wonderful kids who eventually made him Papaw Don or Papaw Man, depending on who was talking to him. Family was the joy of his life. He was a faithful life-long United Methodist member and he served not only his church, but the community in which he lived. Don graduated from Indiana State and went on to receive his Master’s of Education from Ball State. Don taught Junior High School History and coached boys Junior High basketball. During this time, he also enjoyed building houses alongside two fellow teachers and friends Steve North and Rodney Dunham. In June of 1979, Don and family relocated to Virginia where he became project manager at Jonathon Corporation in Norfolk. After 17 years he began a new path again in Marion with Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute as the physical plants services manager where he finally retired from on February 9, 2018. When he wasn’t working, he loved flowers, birds, singing in the First United Methodist Church Choir, and serving on the Smyth County Electoral Board. Don Chisler – the man, the myth, the legend – will be thought of fondly and missed terribly by those who knew and loved him.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and June Chisler; and step-father, Raymond Anglin.


Don is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Shirley Chisler of Marion, Va.; daughters, Beth Pratt (Gregory) of Saltville, Va., and Kimberly Corbin (Nathan) of Concord, Va.; son, Kent Chisler (MaryAnn) of Chesapeake, Va.; sister, Loretta J. Ormsby (Dave) of Terre Haute, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, Alex, Ryan (Taylor), Brendan, Cameron, Lindsey, Annissia (Nick), Katie, Eva (Michael), Lauren, Brittney, Gavin (Brooke), John and Taylor; 6 great-grandchildren, Peyton, Bryson, Mason, Greyson, Hudson and Melanie; many special friends and family.


The family will receive friends Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 1 until 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion, Va. 24354. Celebration of Life services will begin at 3 p.m. with the Reverend Dr. James Bennington and the Reverend Thomas Mercer, Sr. officiating. Burial will be private.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, or to the FUMC Food Pantry, 115 South Church Street, Marion, Va. 24354.


To share memories of Donald “Don” Chisler, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Don’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a very kind and awesome man. He helped me more times than I can remember, and I am appreciative of each and everyone. He stayed neutral and fair with me no matter what happened between me and any other family member. I will forever be in your debt and hope to be half the man that you were. Thank you forever Donald.

Edwin N. Carr Feb 27 2022 5:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Chisler

Rhonda McBride Feb 27 2022 7:48 AM

What a beautiful remembrance page for Don. We are so thankful and privileged to have meet you both and so blessed by how lovingly you all brought us into the fold of your friendship and helped us feel we belonged here in Marion. We are going to miss his bright smile and laughter. He was a good friend and brought so much fun to the world around him. We are praying for you Shirley and your beautiful family . Praying our God will be close and bring you peace as you walk this path of grief. Our hearts go out to you all. Love, Tom and Kari

Tom and Kari Shelton Feb 25 2022 7:51 AM

Very sorry to learn about Don's passing. Know he will be missed by his family, community and his friends far and wide. God bless you and your family.

Margaret Norfleet Feb 24 2022 1:27 PM

Worked for Don for several years at Jonathan Corp. and can honestly say he was the best 'boss' I ever worked for. Always in a good mood and a great sense of humor. Sorry for your loss. I know your entire family will miss him dearly.

Steve Sampson Feb 24 2022 1:20 PM

Shirley ,We are so sorry to hear about Don. When we went to FUMC ,You both we're so friendly and always spoke to us .and Beth we have known your parents for several years and I never knew they were your parents. Our Prayers are with the Family..Love, Mark and Teresa Barker

Teresa Barker Feb 23 2022 4:39 PM

Cindy and I had the great privilege to work with Don for many years at SWVMHI and it was just that, a real privilege. Our thoughts are with his family and many other friends.

Phil Jones Feb 23 2022 3:50 PM

I'm so sorry about Don's passing
Prayers for healing for you Shirley and your family.
Richard and I spent a great month in Gulf Shores meeting them for first time. What a joy and fond memories I have of this time together
Margo Harley ♥️🙏

Margo Harley Feb 23 2022 2:53 PM

I have known Shirley most of our lives. Our parents were good friends. I met Don when we went to Garfield High School in Terre Haute. He was always a very sweet, warm, and friendly young man. He and Shirley made a perfect couple. Since they moved to Virginia, we didn't get to see them as often as we would have liked. My husband John and I were fortunate to be able to spend a little time with them in Florida. We are so sorry Don was called Home so soon, and we send our love to Shirley and the family. God Bless you all.

John and Peg Kennedy Feb 23 2022 1:53 PM

We are praying for Dear Shirley and Don's family...Although time and life separated us over the years since we graduated together from GHS in 1964 ,there wasn't a time when we did see each other that he and Shirley hadn't changed...They were still as sweet and friendly as the day we last saw them...Don and I would talk about the ''good ole days'' and always share a chuckle or two...We sat with his sweet Momma June at Church in Terre Haute, IN and always shared in her excitement when Don and Shirley would be in town...No doubt our hearts were sad when we heard Don had passed from Earth but rejoicing in his Heavenly home...Shirley we love you and Don and will continue to lift you up for Peace and Comfort...

Nick and Linda Agresta

nick agresta Feb 23 2022 9:49 AM

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