Don Poludniak

October 11, 1932 - November 20, 2020

10/11/1932 - 11/20/2020

Don Poludniak, 88, of Shadyside, Ohio, most recently residing at Royal Meadows in Austinburg, Ohio, died Friday November 20, 2020, at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was born October 11, 1932 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, a son of the late Michael and Margaret Haranzo Poludniak.

Don served his country during the Korean War in the Air Force and was retired from the R.E. Burger Power Plant. He was a member of the Lincoln Ave United Methodist Church in Shadyside. He was a member of the Shadyside Boosters, a past Master Mason of Shadyside Masonic Lodge #174, current member of Bridgeport Masonic Lodge #181, and  a member of the American Legion Post #521.

He loved playing cards, doing search word puzzles, and following the Steelers, Pirates, Buckeyes and Shadyside Tigers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean Poludniak, daughter Dawn Anne Coggins and granddaughter Jessica Westmoreland.

Surviving are his son Doug (Hiram) Poludniak of San Antonio, Texas, Daughter, Dana (Jay) Skaggs of Ashtabula, Ohio, and four grandchildren, Derek and Katy Poludniak, Haley and Morgan Skaggs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrangements will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home.  A memorial service honoring Don’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

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Mike Johnson
2 years ago

Will miss you, Don. You helped raise me as a Master Mason and were always a gentleman, even a bit emotional over things you obviously cared deeply about. You were one of the good ones. Rest well, my brother.

Mariellen Vargo
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Don Poludniak, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Air Force Veteran, Don Poludniak, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Bob & Debbie Blinco
2 years ago

Don will always be a great friend to me. We shared many stories and laughs. He always expressed his Love for his wife and Family. When I needed a helping hand, he was there. I learned a valuable lesson never to shake his hand, unless you want your hand to be crushed. He was a regular on our annual Church bus trip to a Pirate game. His ability to memorize was truly astonishing. His dedication to Shadyside athletics was commendable. Rest In Peace my Friend and I will see you on the other side! Deb and I send the family our prayers.

Noe Carrasco
2 years ago

Condolences to the family and friends. But if you’re a believer in Christ. We have the promise of a family reunion. And God keeps His promises.

Lynn and Sandy Marling
2 years ago

Our condolences to the entire family….He certainly was a nice gentleman and he will be missed