Donald E. Menner
Published in Public
Opinion on March 31, 2012
Donald E. Menner, 79, of Chambersburg, died Friday March 30, 2012 at Menno
Haven Nursing Center. Born on August 31, 1932 in Jasper, Indiana, Don
was the son of the late Leo and Lucille Flick Menner.
Don attended public schools in Jasper and left home in his late teens
to pursue a baseball career as a pitcher. Soon afterwards, he signed a
minor league baseball contract with the Washington Senators and played
for the Hagerstown Packets.
He was a hard-throwing power pitcher who could mix in a 'wicked' curve
ball and knuckleball to thoroughly confuse his opponents. During the 1952
season, he pitched to a record of 16-1. When hearing about Don's record
that season, Tommy John (hall of fame pitcher) expressed in 2007 that
there were many good players in those years who never got a chance to
play in the majors with fewer teams back then.
Don's baseball career was interrupted by a call to duty, serving with
the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On December 31, 1955, Don married
Mona Lynn Humbert, whom he had met at a restaurant in Hagerstown. After
living in Hagerstown and Baltimore for a short period of time, he moved
to Chambersburg to take up work at Marathon, and ran a high speed off-set
press for many years. During this time, he raised his family of four children
and faithfully provided for all of them.
Don will be dearly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather
and friend. He was a kind-hearted, generous person who enjoyed entertaining
and having a good laugh.
Don is survived by his wife, Mona Lynn, a brother; Jim Menner of Jasper,
IN; three sons Doug and wife Margaret of Brooklyn, NY, Tom and wife Becky
of Chambersburg, PA and Don of Leesburg, VA; a daughter: Carmen Walker
and husband Duane of Mechanicsburg, PA; three grandchildren Tara, Jennifer,
and James and; three great grandchildren Tasia, Tiara, and Tayona.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday April 4, 2012 at 10:00
AM in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center,
333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate.
Interment, with military honors conducted by Charles Nitterhouse Post
1599 Honor Guard, will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 -8:00 PM Tuesday April 3, 2012
and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.