Donald Beckenbaugh

Donald R. Beckenbaugh

Tuesday, August 21st, 1934 - Sunday, June 6th, 2021
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Donald R. Beckenbaugh, 86, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the morning of Sunday, June 6, 2021, at his home.

He was born on August 21, 1934, in Shippensburg, a son of the late Earl R. and Leila (Haulter) Beckenbaugh. Donald was a 1953 graduate of Shippensburg Area Senior High School and an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1956 until 1958. He married Helga A. Schwarz on January 26, 1960, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Donald worked for DESCOM at the Letterkenny Army Depot for thirty-nine years, retiring as a supervisor in 1991. He was a long-time and active member of the Messiah United Methodist Church, Shippensburg.

Many will remember Donald from his time spent volunteering of the Shippensburg Area Little League. Since the 1970’s he served in many capacities, from coach and umpire, to grounds keeper in his later years, Donald was a fixture at Doc Norcross Stadium, and was always willing to pitch-in to do whatever needed to be done. He also spent some time as equipment manager for the Shippensburg University Raiders football team.

In keeping with his life-long love of sports, Donald was a thirty-seven year season ticket holder of the Philadelphia Eagles and it is said that he only ever missed two home games over all those years. When baseball season rolled around, he would root for the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. Another thing that Donald enjoyed was keeping in touch and getting together with his classmates from the class of 1953. His family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his granddaughters.

In addition to his wife, Helga, he is survived by two sons, Gregory R. Beckenbaugh and wife Tamara of Mechanicsburg and Terry L. Beckenbaugh and wife Lisa of Millbrook, AL; two granddaughters, Tessa E. and Brynn A. Beckenbaugh, both of Mechanicsburg; his sister, Jean E. Stake and husband Steven of Mechanicsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, William E. and Betty Beckenbaugh.

His memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Messiah United Methodist Church, Shippensburg. The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton will officiate. Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Shippensburg Area Little League or the Messiah United Methodist Church.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Messiah United Methodist Church
    30 South Penn Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 2:00pm
    Messiah United Methodist Church
    30 South Penn Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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