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Donald Gene Ewing, Sr.

Obituary for Donald Gene Ewing, Sr.

February 14, 1940 - August 25, 2019
Rising Sun, Maryland | Age 79


Donald Gene Ewing, Sr. "Mickey", age 79 of Rising Sun, MD passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Mickey was born on February 14, 1940 in Frostburg, MD to the late Sherman Everett Ewing and Anna May (Miller) Ewing.

Mickey was a concrete contractor for 50 long, hardworking years. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved children and grandchildren and always attending their sporting events, including: baseball, football and wrestling. He also loved mowing the grass at the home that he built and loved so much. Mickey was very involved in breeding and raising thoroughbred horses.

Mickey is survived by his daughters: Sheryl Combs and her husband, Joseph, Brenda Ford, Denise Guenther and her husband, Daniel; mother of his children and life long friend, Hazel Ewing; grandchildren: Donald Ewing, III, Michael Ivey, Alfred Ford, II, Matthew Combs, Dawn Ewing, Danyel Ewing, Madison Ewing, Mason Ewing, Olivia Guenther; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Gilbert "Bud" Ewing; sister, Virginia "Ginny" Ewing; many nieces and nephews; and life long friends.

In addition to his parents, Mickey was preceded in death by his son, Donald Gene Ewing, Jr.; grandchild, Brandon Ewing; brother, William "Sonny" Ewing; and sisters: June Ford and Irene Edwards.

A celebration of Mickey's life will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM at R.T Foard Funeral Home P.A.,111 South Queen Street, Rising Sun, MD 21911. A visitation will be held one hour prior beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow the service at Gilpin Manor Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to "Alzheimer's Association" and sent in care of R.T Foard Funeral Home, P.O. Box, 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send an online condolence, please visit:

A Eulogy for Our Dad

Dads are someone to look up to, someone to follow, someone to admire, someone to be proud of and someone to brag about, someone to learn from and someone to respect, someone to listen to and someone to talk to, someone to try and impress, sometimes rebel against, and, someone, most of all, with whom to share everything this amazing life has to offer.

We are so incredibly grateful and happy that we can share with you today and tell you that we have had all this and much, much more with our Dad.

Dad's love was unconditional and this is something we will cherish from his character – and take with us forever. His kindness and generosity will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He knew exactly when to be authoritative or when to be compassionate. He preferred his authoritative character and you can be sure we knew it was time to listen.

The things we're going to miss the most begin with the rides in the country when he would point out all the places he poured concrete, the joy he had when we shared family dinners, the love he had for his horses and sharing with you every last detail of their breeding, his stories of his childhood in Western Maryland, the enjoyment he got from sitting on his favorite bench on the front porch of the home he was so proud of, the quirky little noises or hand gestures he loved to humor us with, and most of all the unconditional love he had for all us no matter what.

We are humbled by Dad's strength and courage in his battle with Alzheimer's disease. We hope that through his example, we can all possess the same strength and courage to fight the battles we may face with such dignity and grace.

Dad, we love you. Thank you for your unconditional love. Until we meet again, we'll be forever missing you.

We would like to thank everyone for sharing in this tribute to an amazing human being that we were blessed to call "Dad".

Our family wishes to convey our sincerest appreciation to all the wonderful friends and family who have contributed time, support, generosity, and kindness at this difficult time.

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111 S. Queen Street
P.O. Box 248
Rising Sun, MD 21911
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