Donald Nelson Friend


Donald Nelson Friend, age 79, of Buckhannon, WV, died Monday, September 6, 2021, at Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, PA.

He was born February 6, 1942, in Eden, WV, a son of the late Ruben Jackson and Melba Fern Lee Friend.

On November 15, 1963, he married Betty Chidester Friend, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Melba Jane Osburn and husband Gary, and Vanessa Osburn and husband Wilson, all of Buckhannon, and Zoe Lacy and husband Carlton, of Amherst, VA; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ruben Eli Friend, of Arlington, WV, and Daniel Friend and wife Eve, of Rock Cave, WV; one sister, Carol Friend, of Clarksburg, WV; one sister-in-law, Jessie Friend, of Rock Cave; his little buddy, Ryland Beccaloni; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Calvin, Henry, and William “Coy” Friend; and one sister, Almetta Andrews.

Mr. Friend was an operator at a sawmill and a Methodist by Faith. He loved fishing, hunting and being outdoors. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Private services and burial will be held for the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingst.clair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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