Donald E. Menner, 79, of Chambersburg, Pa., died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Menno Haven Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 31, 1932, in Jasper, Ind., Don was the son of the late Leo and Lucille Flick Menner.
Don attended public schools in Jasper, and left home in his late teens to pursue a baseball career as a pitcher. Soon afterwards, he signed a minor league baseball contract with the Washington Senators and played for the Hagerstown Packets. He was a hard-throwing power pitcher who could mix in a "wicked" curveball and knuckleball to thoroughly confuse his opponents. During the 1952 season, he pitched to a record of 16-1. When hearing about Don's record that season, Tommy John (Hall of Fame pitcher) expressed in 2007 that there were many good players in those years who never got a chance to play in the majors, with fewer teams back then.
Don's baseball career was interrupted by a call to duty, serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
On Dec. 31, 1955, Don married Mona Lynn Humbert, whom he had met at a restaurant in Hagerstown. After living in Hagerstown and Baltimore for a short period of time, he moved to Chambersburg to take up work at Marathon, and ran a high-speed offset press for many years. During this time, he raised his family of four children and faithfully provided for all of them.
Don will be dearly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a kind-hearted, generous person who enjoyed entertaining and having a good laugh.
Don is survived by his wife, Mona Lynn; a brother, Jim Menner of Jasper; three sons, Doug and wife, Margaret, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Tom and wife, Becky, of Chambersburg, and Don of Leesburg, Va.; a daughter, Carmen Walker and husband, Duane, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren, Tara, Jennifer, and James; and three great-grandchildren, Tasia, Tiara, and Tayona.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate. Interment with military honors conducted by Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 Honor Guard will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.