In Memory

Don Chiles

Donald M. Chiles

July 2, 1946 — January 28, 2024Emblem

Van Wert, Ohio


Donald M. Chiles, 77, of Van Wert, passed away Sunday evening, January 28, 2024 at Ohio Health in Van Wert.

Don was born on July 2, 1946, in Lima, to Max and Faye (Roebuck) Chiles.  On March 5, 1966, he married the former Mary B. Coyle.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Europe, during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Van Wert American Legion and Trinity Global Methodist Church, Van Wert.

Don and Mary enjoyed camping and traveling for leisure.

Don retired, as an engineer, from the Budd Company, in Van Wert, after 30 years of service.  He had also previously worked at Teleflex, in Van Wert, for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Mary B. Chiles of Van Wert; his three sons, Mike (Deb) Chiles of Van Wert, Tim (Kelli) Chiles of Galena, Ohio and Dan (Danni) Chiles of Van Wert; 7 grandchildren, Cade (Laura) Chiles of Columbus, Olivia Chiles of Galena, Gage (fiance': Megan Weirrick) Chiles of Van Wert, Dane Chiles of Van Wert, Luke Chiles of Galena, and Haley and Carley Chiles of Van Wert; and 2 sisters, Carolyn Yahn of Tucson, Az and Marilyn (Jerry) Watkins of Columbus Grove, Ohio.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Pastor David To, officiating.  Interment will immediately follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, with Military honors being conducted by a combined unit of the Van Wert American Legion and V.F.W.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials given in memory of Don may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be expressed at 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington St, Van Wert, Ohio 45891.