Donald L. Underwood
April 20, 1928 December 31, 2019
Donald Lee Underwood, 91, a resident of Homewood at Martinsburg, formerly of Holliston, MA, was promoted to heaven, Tuesday morning, December 31, 2019 at the home.
He was born in Grand Rapids, MI and raised in Racine, WI, son of the late Lee S. and Mabel A. (Younggren) Underwood. On June 30, 1956 he married Genive E. Smith at the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 63 years: two sons: Wesley K. (Nancy) Underwood of Wheaton, IL and Harold R. (Beth) Underwood of Mechanicsburg; five grandchildren: Karl, Roger (Emma), Craig, Claire and Ben Underwood; and a great-granddaughter, Corine.
Donald was a 1946 graduate of Washington High School, Racine, WI, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College, IL and completed his graduate studies at Princeton University, NJ. He retired in 1985 from Gillette, Boston, MA where he was employed in research and development and as a patent reviewer with a total of 50 years of service.
He was a charter member of North Suburban Evangelical Free Church, Deerfield, IL and later was instrumental in building the Chapel of the Cross in Southborough, MA. Donald loved windsurfing, cross country and downhill skiing, aerial photography and building model airplanes and boats.
Friends will be received from 1-3pm, Friday, January 3, 2020 at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg, where a funeral service will follow at 3pm, Rev. Gerald McCuller Jr. and Pastor James Neatrour officiating. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.
Memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be given to Homewood Foundation’s Benevolent Care Fund, 437 Givler Dr., Martinsburg, PA 16662.
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