Retired Sgt. Donald “Don” A. McCune passed away at 2:44 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne at the age of 53. He suffered an off-duty medical episode on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.  

He was born on Sept. 30, 1968, in Wabash, to Linda Sue Ihnen and Theodore “Buck” Fred McCune. Don was a 1987 graduate of Manchester High School in North Manchester. He studied aviation at Vincennes University, criminal justice at Indiana University in Fort Wayne.

On June 17, 2006, he married the love of his life, Dawna McKay; they were blessed with 16 years of marriage together. Sadie, his daughter, was born while he was attending the 119th session of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1994.  

Don was a retired sergeant with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office and was most recently a deputy marshal for the Milford Police Department, where he started in July 2021. He served more than 30 years in law enforcement, serving Kosciusko County and had worked at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. In his time in law enforcement, he performed multiple roles, including SWAT operations, detective investigations, dive team operations where he was an instructor and master diver for Kosciusko County. Don was involved in drug task force investigations, and many more duties during his extensive law enforcement career.  He also worked at Parkview Hospital Police for two years.     

Don LOVED scuba instructing, was a master diver and also loved spending time with his friends and family and going on their adventures whenever possible. He always had fun with a good game of Texas Hold ’Em and he enjoyed his annual Canadian fishing trip with his dad and brother. Don will forever be remembered as a loving husband, son, brother and being a proud and devoted father and grandfather.  

He leaves behind his wife, Dawna McCune; daughter, Sadie (Joe) Waikel; and stepdaughter, Kelsey Sheller, all of Warsaw. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Hallie, Abigail, Brooklin and Kora; brother, Joe (Julie) McCune, North Manchester; parents, Linda S. and Theodore “Buck” F. McCune, North Manchester; and Sheldon, Don’s beloved rescued dog. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leola Ross-Sullivan and Robert and Margorie Ihnen.

Don’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Mike Beezley. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 3 to 6 p.m. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, 1048 S. 325 W., Pierceton, IN 46562; Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hyland Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306; or to Kosciusko County Community Foundation Inc., 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580 in memo line to be designated to “Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund.” Don’s squad car has been parked in front of the Milford Town Hall, 121 S. Main St., Milford, in his honor. The public is invited to place flowers and memorials on the vehicle.

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