Donald J. Hammersla Sr., 77

January 27, 2011
  • Hammersla

JULY 18, 1933-JAN. 26, 2011

BOONSBORO, Md. Donald J. "Pappy Don" Hammersla Sr., 77, of Boonsboro, Md., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.

Born on July 18, 1933, he was the son of the late Russell Edward and Helen (Daley) Hammersla. His wife, Sylvia Jean (Marshall) Hammersla, preceded him in death in 1994.

Mr. Hammersla was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local 992 in Hagerstown, where we worked as a tractor-trailer driver.

Pappy Don will be best remembered for his avid love of fishing and camping.

He is survived by his son, Donald J. and his wife, Sherry Hammersla Jr. of Sharpsburg, Md.; his brother, Jack Hammersla of Hagerstown; his two granddaughters, Erin C. and her husband, Travis Harrell, and Jessi L. and her husband, Josh Kretzer, all of Sharpsburg; and his two great-grandchildren, Emma Grace and Elizabeth Jean Harrell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Donald was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Samples Manor Church of God on Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg. Burial will follow at the Samples Manor Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by the Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10, Boonsboro.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20004.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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