L. Patrick Durham, 82

JUNE 13, 1929-DEC. 9, 2011

December 09, 2011
  • Durham

L. Patrick Durham, 82, formerly of Fayetteville, Pa., entered into eternal rest Friday morning, Dec. 9, 2011, at the home of his daughter in Chambersburg, Pa.  

Born June 13, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late Ledson and Mildred Helferstay Durham.  

Pat served in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 20 years of service. Following his military career, he earned a master's degree from Shippensburg University and went on to teach sixth grade for 10 years at the Chambersburg Area Middle School, and then for 12 years in Brevard County, Fla., schools prior to his retirement. He was a member of Heidelburg Church in Marion, Pa., and held membership in George Washington Lodge 143 F&AM, where he was named Mason of the year for 2011, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 842, Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, Detrich-Brechbill Post 612 American Legion, and the Tristate Submarine Veterans Group, where he was inducted into the Holland Club. An amateur radio operator, he was a member of the Ham Radio Rooster Club. Pat enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies throughout his life included golf, softball, and horseshoes.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naomi Catherine Frey Durham, on April 10, 1982, and his second wife, Gladys Suzanne Stuckey Durham, on July 12, 2011.

Pat is survived by four children, Cindy L. Mason and husband, Jon, of Chambersburg, Amy K. Lehman and companion, Fred Shew, of New Franklin, Pa., Patrick L. Durham of Chambersburg, and Ellen Jo Henry and husband, Rich, of Chambersburg; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two stepsons, David Fry of Mahanoy City, Pa. and Daniel L. and wife, Kristy Fry, of Waynesboro, Pa.  

He was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Hoover.

A Masonic service will be conducted by members of George Washington Lodge 143 F&AM at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. Following the Masonic service, the family will receive friends at the funeral home until 9 p.m. Private interment with military honors by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Marion.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to George Washington Lodge 143 F&AM, 3703 Pampas Circle, or to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, both in Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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