Donald S. Aines Sr., 85

July 20, 2011
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MAY 20, 1926-JULY 7, 2011

Col. Donald S. Aines Sr., U.S. Army, retired, 85, of Chambersburg, Pa., died at 10:10 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Providence Place, Chambersburg, following a four-month illness.  

Born May 20, 1926, in Lancaster, Pa., he was the son of the late Philip and Evelyn (Sutphen) Aines.

He was Protestant by faith.  

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and was a combat veteran of the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He continued to serve his country as a combat engineer during the Korean War and as part of the 90th Replacement Battalion during the Vietnam War. He also served during peacetime in Japan, Germany and Turkey, retiring in 1973.  

During his service, he was the recipient of many military decorations, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster and the Airborne Badge.

Following his retirement, Col. Aines worked for the Federal Communications Commission before moving to Waynesboro, Pa., with his wife, and served as a reporter for The Record Herald in the Fairfield, Pa., area for several years.  

He is survived by his wife of more than 59 years, Marjorie Anne (Ryback) Aines of Chambersburg; four sons, Deane Aines of Manassas, Va., Glen Aines of Omaha, Neb., Donald Aines Jr. of Chambersburg, and Paul Aines of Bethesda, Md.; eight grandchildren; one brother, Philip Aines of Bend, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services with full military honors will be private at the convenience of the family in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Army Emergency Relief, 200 Stovall St., Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, VA 22332, in memory of Col. Donald S. Aines, Sr.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on July 25, 2011 at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.  

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