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Richard E. "Dick" Donelson

August 9, 1925 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Richard Donelson Obituary

            Richard E. “Dick” Donelson, 98, formerly of Altoona, died early Friday morning December 8, 2023, at Graystone Court, Huntingdon.

            He was born August 9, 1925, in Entriken a son of the late George Roosevelt and Viola Grace (Brindle) Donelson. He was twice married, first in 1947 to Harriet May Golden who preceded him in death October 11, 2004, then on May 17, 2007, to Nancy G. Greenwood who preceded him in death February 17, 2017.

            Surviving are three grandchildren, Zachary R. Millward (Katherine) of York, Sarah E. Millward of Latrobe, and Nathaniel G. Millward (Tiffany) of Freedom; nine great grandchildren, Mekenzie and Lincoln Millward, Kylie and Austin Blaszkowski, and Landon, Tanner, Kaden, Aliana, and Owen Millward; a sister, Virginia Rudy of McConnellstown; and his son-in-law, Patsy Dent of Latrobe.

            Dick was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda E. Dent on May 20, 2020, and a sister, Eva Stone.

            Mr. Donelson was a longtime member of Altoona First Church of the Brethren where he served as treasurer for 63 years.

            He was a graduate of Huntingdon High School, and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rider College in Trenton, NJ where he attended from 1946 to his 1949 graduation.

            He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during WWII from 1943 to 1946. He was stationed aboard the USS Intrepid Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific theatre of war and was aboard the ship when it was attacked by Japanese Kamikaze aircraft.

            Dick retired from Ward Trucking on August 31, 1990, having been employed by that firm since January 10, 1950.

            Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday December 11, 2023, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona and from 10-11 Tuesday December 12, 2023, at Altoona First Church of the Brethren, 510 Fifth Street, Altoona where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Gary Koontz officiating.

            Interment will be made at Alto Reste Park where military honors will be accorded.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

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December 11, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc.
501 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

December 12, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Altoona First Church of the Brethren
510 Fifth Street
Altoona, PA 16602

Funeral Service
December 12, 2023

11:00 AM
Altoona First Church of the Brethren
510 Fifth Street
Altoona, PA 16602


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