Donald W. Clegg

June 29, 1929 - March 21, 2015

06/29/1929 - 03/21/2015

Donald Wells Clegg, 85, of Moundsville, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 21 at Liza’s Place, Wheeling, WV.
He was born on June 29, 1929, a son of the late Walter and Virginia Clegg of Moundsville. A 1947 graduate of Moundsville High School, Don was a retired employee of Allied Chemical, Inc., a deacon emeritus of the Moundsville Baptist Church and a United States Army veteran.
He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and West Virginia University Mountaineers who passed his love of competition and fair play along to his family. Active in the community, Don was honored by the Moundsville Baseball Association for his 35 years as a Little League baseball coach.
He loved spending time working outside in the sun and was often seen tending his garden or trimming his hedges. Don also enjoyed woodworking in his basement shop where he crafted many beautiful pieces. Even so, he will be best remembered by friends and family as a good Christian man and a devoted husband and father who was known to his grandchildren as “Pap” and his great-grandchildren as “SuperPap.”
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Clegg and Veda Rine, and a brother, Chalmer K. Clegg, known to everyone as Jack.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Lennis Joan Jones Clegg – who was by his side for every step of his final journey – along with three sons, Don Ellen Clegg of Shadyside, OH; Brian Rebecca Clegg of Round Rock, Texas; and Stephen Karen Clegg of St. Pauls, N.C.; and a daughter, Lennisa Kevin Rusche of Apex, N.C..
Don will also be greatly missed by his 14 grandchildren – Corey Heather Clegg, Willie Miki Clegg, Mackenzie Josh Borden, Brittany Clegg, Christina Thomas Roberts, Kristopher Kelley Clegg, Joshua Clegg, Rachel Clegg, JoAna Rusche, Lydia Jordan Freeman, Benjamin Cailin Rusche, Joseph Rusche, Elizabeth Rusche and Sarah Rusche – along with three great-grandchildren – Karleigh Clegg, Aidan Clegg and Silas Borden – and numerous nieces and cousins.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, where services will be held Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Greene presiding. Interment to follow in Riverview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Moundsville Baptist Church.
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8 years ago

“In all times and through all things, friendship is a steadfast reminder that love endures.” You’re in our prayers,thoughts and our hearts. Love, ITG

Jack Clegg
8 years ago

Dear Joan, Don, Bo, Stephen, Lennisa and Families, I am so sorry for your loss–a loss I share. Uncle Donald was someone I have looked up to all my life. He and Dad were legends in my eyes. I left Moundsville a long time ago, but it has never left me. The memories I share of times with my Uncle and Aunt and cousins has remained with me as I’ve travelled around the world. I have wonderful visions of Dad and Uncle Donald playing ball together again. May God richly bless you all. You are in my prayers. Love, Jackie.

Mark Crow
8 years ago

Don, I’m sorry for your loss. I certainly have great memories of your Dad and Little League Baseball. My condolences to all the family. Mark Crow

Kevin Rusche
8 years ago

Don’s Town: a story of Donald Wells Clegg

Don, my father-in-law was a wonderful, whitty and whimsical man. Don’s town has many ‘villages’. The first is a reference to Pap’s Christmas village. Don’s Town was the name of the village painted perfectly on a beautiful walnut arch. This Archway led into a expansive village spanning multiple levels, many moving scene, beautiful and brilliant lights. As you peered into the windows of the small village, you were transformed to another place and time. Words could never express the wonder and mystery of this magnificent village. A true inspiration!!

Don’s Town was a small walnut arch that was an entryway into another ‘ village’ of Pap’s – his basement workshop – the birthplace of some of the most beautiful walnut artisan works I have ever seen – school desks, baby cradles, countless decorations and Christmas themed works, much of the wood coming right off uncle Deec’s property. If ever there was a testimony of Pap’s exquisite work, it surely was in his woodworking lifetime beautiful works and our family was the humbly blessed recipients of many of these works!!

Pap’s basement was also the village of his meditations. From his own works found recently, I read this prayer from the verse “thy word is a lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path”. “We should read it daily and expectantly knowing we will learn more about Your love for us and about the sins that separate us know You”. Pap was indeed a real disciple of Christ!

Pap’s truest village in don’s town may have been his garden. After years of effort gardening, I can truly say pap’s meticulous and impeccable care in his garden yielded not only bountiful harvests,but have led to many a gardening disciple. I am one of those proud disciples that have learned from him.

Pap’s truest village was, I believe, his home. No more did his true home shine than at the kitchen table on Christmas morning when Pap would year in and year out read the most famous of Christmas stories from Luke 2. Christ our redeemer, our Emmanuel – God with Us- brings us to our truest village in don’s town

Don’s literal town of Moundsville – here – you – his family and friends. How often does it happen in today’s world that a man live in one town for 85 years – for this reason we will call this Don’s Town.

Finally, Don newest town or village – those streets of gold, we will miss our dear Pap, but we rejoice as he is ushered in to the newest and most glorious – Don’s Town!! WE LOVE YOU!!

Bobby Meade
8 years ago

I had the pleasure to play baseball for Don and then help him coach my son JB 30+ years later. Some of my fondest memories. May he rest in peace.

Gary and Teresa Church
8 years ago

In this time of need we are sending prayers and condolences to the family.RIP Don….you will be sadly missed.

Jay Knapp, member of Mr. Clegg's first team
8 years ago

There aren’t many constants in life, but for anyone driving on 4th Street in Moundsville during the summers of the last 3 1/2 decades of the 20th Century, one thing was for sure: Don Clegg was either trimming his hedges or coaching Bronco League baseball down the street at East End. I’m not sure which passion I admired most about him, but I remember the late Jackie Robinson once said “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”, and Mr Clegg more than hit a home run in that category…. Time is…Time was……Time will never be again. Goodbye to the old Ball Coach as he heads for HOME.

Mary Conaway
8 years ago

To the entire Clegg family, you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Don was a good Christian man who loved God, family, friends & baseball. Sharing your memories of him at this time is the best tribute you can give him. Love, Mary