Donald L. Askins

October 27th, 1939 - April 13th, 2018

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          Donald L. Askins, age 78, of Erie, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Pleasant Ridge Manor.  He was born in Bolivar, PA on October 27, 1939, the son of the late Walter B. and Mabel M. (Thompson) Askins.

          He was a graduate of Tech Memorial High School.  Don retired from Kaiser Aluminum in 1992 after 30 years.  He then started to renovate old houses.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand.

          Don was an artist and did many wood burning pictures together with his wife.  Some other favorite pastimes were handball, racquetball, traveling and hiking in Austria and in the Italian Alps.  Don was very much loved.

          Don is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hannelore (Wagner) Askins who he met while serving in the Army in Germany; his son, Daniel E. Askins with daughter in law Wei (Li) Askins; granddaughter, Cassandra L. Askins who was his pride and joy; three brothers, Louis Askins (Shirley), Phillip “Scotty” Askins (Joyce) of Erie and James Askins of Girard; a sister, Constance F. Askins Burkett (John) of Bolivar, PA; sisters-in-law, Karen Askins of Fairview and Judy Askins of Erie; and many nieces and nephews.

          In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter E. Askins of Fairview and Bernard L. Askins of Erie, and one sister, Emmalou “Cindy” Askins Evans of Florida.

          Don’s family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness Don received during his stay at Pleasant Ridge Manor.  Don has donated his body to science.

          Memorials may be made to Because You Care, 6041 West Road, McKean, PA  16426.  Arrangements are being handled by Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd.  Condolences may be expressed at