Don Edward Etherton Sr., 83, beloved husband of Valerie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, at his residence in Louisville surrounded by his family. He was born August 24th, 1937 in Huntington, West Virginia. Don was an ingenious inventor who held several patents on his inventions, a successful local business owner, and a pioneer of the sign industry in the greater Louisville area from 1968 to 2001. He loved to be on, in, and around the water, boating and swimming with family and friends and a smile on his face. Don loved traveling with his family, exploring parts known and unknown with the sole intention of making memories to look back on with love and laughter. He was a proud member of the Power Squadron and a Kentucky Colonel. Don is preceded in death by his parents, James R, Etherton II, Ruth Etherton, and his brother James R. Etherton III. Don is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Valerie, son, Bradley Gratz Etherton (Devon), daughters, Rhonda Elaine Etherton, and Cheryl “Cheri” Renee Conway (Steve), half-sister, Rebecca Etherton, grandchildren, Cameron Rudd (Alli), Sherman Weatherby, Elliott Weatherby, and Giada “Gigi” Etherton, great-granddaughter, Kylie Rudd, sisters-in-law, Sherry Johnson (Samuel), Melonie Isham, nieces, Stacy Fowler (David), Melissa Gavin (Brian Shepherd), Morgan Zane (Kenneth), a nephew, Jay Etherton (Carla), six great nephews, and five great nieces.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be private. All will be welcome to attend the graveside service at Louisville Memorial Gardens East on Tuesday, April 27th at 1:30 in the afternoon.
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