Donald P. Garner

Donald Paul Garner, 89 of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Saxton, passed away early Saturday morning at Homewood after a brief illness.

He was born in Fredericksburg, North Woodbury Township, son of the late George W. and Margaret A. (Greaser) Garner. He married Helen M. Hoover on Jan. 1, 1944, at Mount Pleasant United Church of Christ, rural Martinsburg.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Marilyn Dawn Horton of Clearwater, Fla.; a son, Jeffrey L. and wife, Beth, of Martinsburg; three granddaughters: Lorene Horton Schwaninger and husband, Reinhard, Amy Garner Carpenter and husband, Robert, and Jane Garner Hoenstine and husband A-J; a grandson, Larry Horton and wife, Leona; and eight great-grandchildren: Tatiana, Brigitta and Karina Schwaninger, Charlie and Henry Horton, Jane Carpenter, and Jeffrey and Jay Hoenstine.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers: Walter, Daniel, John, Levi, Samuel, William and David; and a sister, Rosanna (Garner) Beery.

Mr. Garner was a 1941 graduate of Morrisons Cove High School, Martinsburg. He attended Juniata College, Huntingdon, for two years prior to entering the service.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946, serving on patrol bombers in the Pacific Theater, attaining the rank of Aviation Radioman 3rd Class, and was awarded one battle star and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Don formerly was an automobile salesman for Sam Garner Chevrolet and Stoudnour Chevrolet, both of Saxton; was a Nationwide Insurance Company sales agent for more than 40 years; and also had been employed as a real estate sales agent for Schrack Realty, Huntingdon.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, and a former member of Saxton United Methodist Church. He taught Sunday school for 52 years, and enjoyed serving in different church capacities.

Don was a member of Woodbury Lodge #539, F. & A. M., Roaring Spring, from where he recently received his 50-year Masonic pin.

He was a devoted husband to his wife for 69 years and deeply loved and enjoyed his family. He enjoyed reading, was an extensive family historian and loved collecting family photographs and other memorabilia, and often related fond memories of his father’s country store.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in the chapel at Homewood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and then at St. Matthew Lutheran Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service, with Pastor Scott E. Schul officiating. Interment with military flag honors accorded by Blair County Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church memorial fund, 115 E. Penn St., Martinsburg, PA, 16662; the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675; or the Homewood Benevolence Fund, 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg, PA, 16662.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.