Don McAfee passed away peacefully on Friday, January 10, 2020 at home with his loving wife of 50 years, Fran by his side.
Don was born November 12, 1946, the son of the late Daniel and Virginia Baker McAfee, grew up in South Wheeling, and graduated from Wheeling High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served as a helicopter support maintenance mechanic, gaining the rank of Specialist 5th Class, stationed in Okinawa.
Returning home from the service, Don worked in maintenance in the Powhatan #5 coal mine until its closing. During this time in his life Don became a Christian. Overcoming dyslexia, he entered WLSC, graduating with a BA in social work. He continued at Dayton University and eventually received an MSW in social work.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Don was at home in the outdoors, never missing a deer season. When his fishing buddy Tom would call, the first question was always “What did you catch?”
Don’s deepening faith led him into social work, a calling he would devote the rest of his life to, working for ResCare of St. Clairsville for the last 10 years. He had a huge heart for the homeless, mentally challenged, and anyone in need. He seemed to always be looking for ways to help others. While at ResCare, he initiated a yearly “Fishing Fandango” where he would take 75-100 residents to a local pond and let them experience the thrill of catching a fish.
Don was also a fishermen of people. His favorite Bible verse was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” He authored and published a book in 2010 entitled “Called?” In the book, Don describes his miraculous healing during open heart surgery, and challenges you to serve others by making life’s goal to be a journey.
Don and his wife Fran attended the Vineyard Church of Wheeling for over 30 years. Leading by example, one of the many ways they served was to start an outreach program called “Mercy Ministries”. This program distributed free supplemental hygiene items to high rise and affordable housing residents. It thrived under their leadership for 25 years.
A humble man, Don was quick to give God the credit for his accomplishments, yet through his life he touched and helped literally thousands of people in the Ohio Valley. His gentleness and love of people was contagious and he will be sorely missed by all.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son Scott Daniel McAfee.
Surviving are his loving wife Frances Goodrich McAfee, a brother David McAfee (Sandy) of Wheeling, a sister Myrna Martin Agar of Wheeling and several nieces and nephews.
A Viewing will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling, WV on Tuesday January 14, 2020 from 2:00-8:00 pm. Funeral Services on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 am , Lead Pastor Chris Figaretti conducting. Interment to follow at Stone Church Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project and The Vineyard Church Wheeling.
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 am
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