Darrel D. Atherton, 69

JULY 3, 1943-OCT. 27, 2012

October 29, 2012
  • Darrel D. Atherton
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Darrel D. “Duke” Atherton, 69, of Mercersburg, Pa., died at 6:16 a.m. Oct. 27, 2012, at his home.

Born July 3, 1943, in Chambersburg, he was a son of the late Lottie Atherton Robinson and Leroy Pine.

Duke was employed for 43 years at Martin-Marietta Co. of Pinesburg, Md., retiring in 2006.

He was a member of Mount Tabor Brethren In Christ Church of Mercersburg. He also was a member of American Legion Post No. 517 and VFW Post 6241, both of Mercersburg.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reloading ammunition and watching television westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Connie I. Keefer Atherton, whom he married June 29, 1963; a son, Terry L. Atherton of Clear Spring, Md.; a daughter, Darla D. Robinson of Mercersburg; four grandchildren, Korey Atherton, Kerri Fotta, Kelly Davis and William Gearhart; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Robinson and Leroy Pine II, both of Mercersburg; and three sisters, Joyce Bowers of Bino, Pa., Norma Long of Mercersburg and Lucille Carson of Greencastle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas E. Atherton; and a sister, Karen Kendall.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mount Tabor Brethren In Christ Church with the Rev. Kevin Lay officiating.

There will be no viewing.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Contributions may be made to Mount Tabor Brethren In Christ Church, 12283 Punch Bowl Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236.

Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg.

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