1937 – 2021
Don Edward Etherton Sr., 83, beloved husband of Valerie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at his residence in Louisville surrounded by his family. He was born August 24, 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 with 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 Wetherby, Elliott Wetherby 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.
Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made at lmgfuneralhomeeast.com