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Donald "Donnie" Leatherman

September 4, 1937 ~ March 31, 2021 (age 83)


Donald U. Leatherman of Fairfield, PA, born September 4, 1937 in Libertytown, MD, passed peacefully at his home on March 31st, with his family by his side, ending his battle with bladder cancer. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Pauline (Emswiller) Leatherman. 

Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty (Chapman) Leatherman; two daughters, Brenda Snyder (Scott) of Gettysburg, PA, and Deborah Davis (Jeff) of Orrtanna, PA; one brother, Richard Smith of Gettysburg, PA; 5 grandchildren, David Leatherman, Daniel Ohler (April), Ryan Davis (Nikki), Kevin Ohler, and Erica Davis; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Leatherman, and brothers, Earl and Harold Leatherman.

Donald served in the US Army from 1957 to 1958.  He retired from Thomas, Bennett & Hunter of Woodsboro, MD in 2015.  Before entering the service, he worked on the family farm.  After the service, he worked in the construction industry for Chester Chapman Excavating, C.E. Williams & Sons, McDermitt and Toma Concrete.

He was a life-time member of Greenmount Community Fire Company, Gettysburg Moose Lodge #1526, and was a long-time member of Elias Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg and the Gettysburg Eagles #1562.  Donald enjoyed going to carnivals, attending music festivals, playing slot machines, hunting, and watching wildlife.

The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 210 W. Main St., Emmitsburg, MD.  There will be no services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grane Hospice, 1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 205, Camp Hill, PA 17011, Greenmount Community Fire Company, 3095 Emmitsburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or to the charity of one’s choice. 


April 6, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home
210 West Main Street/P.O Box 308
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

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