William “Don” Contris of Pemberville, Ohio, and formerly of LaFayette, age 67, died April 15, 2011.
He was born in Lima, to William "Bill" Walter and Maxine (Judy) Contris, both of whom predeceased him. On Sept. 23, 1966, he married Mona Tomlinson and they later divorced.
Don attended LaFayette-Jackson High School. He was the owner of Pioneer Packing and Trotters Tavern in Bowling Green. He also owned Country Smoked Meats, Midway Meats, County Pride, Barr Hotel, Shinew's Supply, Front St. Café and various entities in Belize. In his spare time, he enjoyed being outside gardening. He also was an avid collector of vintage cars and his pride was his Corvettes. He enjoyed going to car shows and auctions around the community where he met many friends. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Bowling Green, and the Bowling Green State University Falcon Club. He enjoyed entertaining friends and was considered the “life of the party.”
Survivors include a son, Brian (Jill) Contris of Pemberville; four daughters: Lisa (Doug) Contris-Ruck, Kristi Contris, and Jill (Chad) Contris-Kingery, all of Pemberville, and Cara Contris of Westlake; three brothers: Charles (Joan) Contris of Live Oak, Florida, Dennis Contris of Gadsden, Ala., and David (Beverly) Contris of Goldsboro, NC; two sisters: Tammy Contris of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Karol (Del) Wells of LaFayette; and eight grandchildren: Tyler, Kyra, Holden, Cooper, Paige, Grace, Cade and Carys.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Mickle.
Services were held on April 20, at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home and Crematory in Bowling Green. Burial was in Pemberville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice, 1037 Conneaut Ave., Suite 204, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hannemanfh.com.