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Donald Leonhard


He was born on March 22, 1924 in Middletown and was the son of the late Frank and Ruth Wagner Leonhard.  

He was a graduate of Middletown High School Class of 1941 and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1952; was past vice president and treasurer of Donegal Mutual Insurance Company;  he was an Army Air Corps pilot veteran of World War II; a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Maytown; and was a lifelong Mason.

Some of Don’s favorite pastimes were golfing, vacationing at the beach, and watching the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State games. He was always ready with a new joke and loved to make others smile and laugh. He loved to watch TV and his favorite shows were “Hogan’s Heroes” and “Golden Girls.”

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife Ellen S. Benson Leonhard, brother William Leonhard, and sister Catherine Leonhard Leisey.

He is survived by his daughter Sherry Walker and husband Ty of Camp Hill; two grandsons Christopher M. Leonhard and wife Becky of Switzerland, and Kirk S. Shaffer and wife Jamie of Middletown; four great-granddaughters Jessica Joyner, Dana Shaffer, Brooke Shaffer, and Inara Leonhard; great-great-grandson Kiernan Joyner; three nephews; and one niece.

A Tribute to Donald’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Robert McClain Lescallette officiating.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Hershey Cemetery.  

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