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John “Jack” P. Donald

Jack Donald, 90, was called into the arms of his Lord from his home on June 7


. Born in Hazleton, PA, he was the son of the late Joshua S and Rebecca E (Steckrote) Donald.

Jack graduated from Hazleton Senior High School in 1948, then Penn State University in 1955. He graduated with an associate degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict as an Aviation Electronic Technician assigned to Air Transportation Squadron VR-1. As a civilian, Jack worked for Westinghouse in Baltimore MD and Sperry Gyroscope Company in Long Island, NY, before settling in at PP&L for a 37-year run.

Jack was a humble, gracious man who loved God and his family and, most of all, his beloved wife, Janie (Mary Jane Lanyon), his soulmate of 66 years. He is also survived by his four children: Barbara Stumpf, wife of Ray (deceased), Minnesota; Jan Betty, wife of Wayne, Mount Joy; John, husband of Kim, California, and Andrew, Manheim. There are five grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Naomi, wife of Jeffery Douglas, Joy, Josh, Becca, and Andrea, plus 2 darling great grandchildren, Evelyn and Cohen.

A 50 plus year member of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Jack served as an usher crew chief for 28 years. He was an endless supporter of Jane’s work with the youth program and music in the church, but preferred to remain in the background quietly serving with a smile.

He’ll be remembered for his gentle soul, his surprising sense of humor and his love of family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Anchor Lancaster and The John P. Donald Memorial Fund both in care of First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St, Lancaster PA.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 at 11:00 AM.  Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.   Interment will be private in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. To view the service virtually, please click the following link:
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