Donnel E. Gift, 84

September 24, 2009

AUG. 30, 1925-SEPT. 22, 2009

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Donnel E. Gift, 84, of Greencastle, Pa., and formerly of Smithsburg, Md., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the home of his daughter, D. Jean Strite of Hagerstown, Md.

Born Aug. 30, 1925, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Ralph I. and Mary C. (Law) Gift of Cavetown, Md.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years on Sept. 15, 2002, A. Mary (Collins) Gift. They were married Jan. 15, 1947.


He was a veteran of the United States Army 157th Infantry 45th Division, serving in the WWII European Theater.

He retired from Halls Motor Transport in 1977.

He is survived by daughters, D. Jean Strite of Hagerstown, Janet R. Kline of Sharpsburg, Joanne E. Brant and Nancy E. Rice, both of Greencastle, and Ruth L. Lorenz of Baltimore; son, Leslie A. Gift of Greencastle; sisters, Rachal Collins of Hagerstown, Alma Unger of Cavetown, Dolores Balliet of Greencastle and Janet Hessong of Smithsburg; brothers, Russell Gift of Cavetown, Earl Gift of Thurmont and Gerald Gift of Fairplay; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sister, Vivian Coldsmith; and brothers, Ralph Gift, Harold Gift and Leonard Gift.

At Donnel's request, there will be no viewing.

A graveside service will be Friday Sept. 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. from Burn's Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, Pa., with Pastor Paul E. Heisey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, Md.

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