Donald E. Brumbaugh
February 6, 1932 December 29, 2020
Donald E. Brumbaugh, 88, of Salix, and a brief resident at Maple Winds Care and Rehabilitation Center, Portage went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown after many medical complications; (NOT due to Covid-19).
He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Raymond S. and C. Alberta (Benner) Brumbaugh. On October 15, 1955 he married E. Denise Gonsman in Winchester, VA. She preceded him in death on February 12, 2009 after 53 years of marriage.
Surviving are his two beloved daughters: Debra L. Williams (husband, Scott A.) of Monroeville and C. Diane Sterle (husband, Thomas E.) of Salix; three grandchildren: Tasha A. (Williams) Capalongo (husband, Matt), Sarah L. Sterle (boyfriend, Jacob M. Jones) and Tyler A. Williams; five great-grandchildren: Cameron, Cassidy, Christianna and Charlotte Capalongo and Brooklyn Williams; also surviving are many cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family members and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Mary Kate Sterle; and in-laws, Gerald and Mary Gonsman.
Don grew up in Martinsburg and was a 1950 graduate of Morrisons Cove High School, where he was a member of the FFA. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1955-1957, with a tour of duty in Japan, attaining the rank of Specialist 3rd Class.
He grew up farming and was later employed at: Burchfield’s Farm Equipment in the Appliance Sales and Service Department; Westinghouse Corp., as the Sales and Service Manager; Cambria Equipment Co., working as the Parts and Sales Manager; and Feather Trailer Sales, where Don sold motorhomes and travel trailers. His final place of employment was Wise Trailer Sales, selling motorhomes and travel trailers, from 1994 to February 2020.
Over the years Don was very active in the various communities where he resided, serving as a volunteer fire fighter and past President of the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Salix Sportsmen’s Community Club for several years and the Adams Twp. Water Authority from 1971-2013.
Don and his family were avid campers. He belonged to many clubs and associations, including: NCHA/FCRV and the Winnebago Camping Club, where he held office positions in these clubs and state associations. Don also served as chairman and co-chairman for many campouts and parades, meeting a lot of great people that have become lifelong friends.
He was a very caring and loving man that cherished spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don also enjoyed traveling, watching football and going out to eat.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg, Pastor Millie Baker and Pastor Cheryl Gonsman, niece of Donald, officiating. Interment will follow at Brumbaugh Cemetery, rural Martinsburg, PA.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Diehl’s Crossroads Church of the Brethren, 2631 Henrietta Rd, PO Box 232, Martinsburg, PA 16662 or Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 205 S. Market St., Martinsburg, PA 16662.
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Diehl's Crossroads Church
2631 Henrietta Rd, PO Box 232, Martinsburg PA 16662
Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company
205 S. Market St., Martinsburg PA 16662