Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on November 3, 2011
RED LION: Donald R. Staley, 86, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2011, at his
residence. He was the husband of Annabel J. Staley, who passed away on April 25,
2009. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 13, 2008,
and renewed their vows on their 50th and 60th anniversaries.
A celebration of life service will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Life Tributes by Olewiler &
Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, with the Rev.
David Tietje officiating.
A visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday prior to the service.
Burial will be in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by
the York County Veterans Honor Guard.
Mr. Staley was born on October 16, 1925, a son of the late George F. and Gussie M.
(Horn) Staley. Donald was a 1944 graduate of Eastern High School in Washington,
He worked as a Superintendent for York Casket Co. for 38 years until his retirement in
Donald served our country for two years in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a
member of the Civil Air Patrol during the Korean Conflict- Police Action.
Mr. Staley was a member of the former Bittersville United Methodist Church and most
recently attended St. John's U.C.C.
Mr. Staley was a life member of the NRA and a member of the Red Lion American
Legion Post #543, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Hi-Fliars of York. He
was an avid hunter and an airplane enthusiast.
Mr. Staley is survived by nieces and nephews, Eleanor Shreve, Norma Matthews,
Terrance Staley, Vicki Tomes, Lonnie Staley, Wayne Staley, Dean Staley, and Craig
Staley; and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers,
George C. Staley and Mirl J.
Staley. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's U.C.C. , 161 N. Main St.,
Red Lion, PA 17356.
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