Dr. David Harnish Clymer

SHIRLEYSBURG – Dr. David Harnish Clymer, D.O., 66, of Shirleysburg, died at 10:51 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at his home.

Born Nov. 23, 1946, in Quarryville, he was the son of the late John and Stella (Harnish) Clymer. He was united in marriage with Martha Hess on Aug. 24, 1968, at River Corner Mennonite Church, Conestoga. Mrs. Clymer survives him at their home.

Dr. Clymer also is survived by: five children, Regina Rupert and husband, Michael, of Elkton, Md., Corinna Clymer Olson and husband, Doug, of Najile, Kenya, Maria Clymer-Kurtz and husband, Christopher, of Linville, Va., Hannah Showalter and husband, Mark, of Fishersville, Va., and David Clymer and wife, Anita, of Mount Union; seven grandchildren, Nathaniel Rupert, Anna Rupert, Isaac Rupert, Noemi Clymer-Kurtz, Havilah Clymer-Kurtz, Atticus Clymer and Ada Clymer; and eight siblings, Paul Clymer, John Clymer, Erma Horning, Ruth Kolb, James Clymer, Arlene Geibe, Esther Whetzel and Elaine Martin.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Stella Marie and Martha Jean Clymer.

Dr. Clymer attended Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, serving as a Sunday school teacher, music leader and Bible study leader.

Dr. Clymer was a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced medicine at Family Focus Health Center, in Mount Union, for 23 years, and was on staff at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, from 1979 to 2002. Later he worked for four years at Juniata Valley Medical Center, Alexandria. He was a physician dedicated to serving his local community by caring for the whole patient.

He was a passionate defender of life at all stages, including the preborn, serving for more than 24 years on the board of Crossroads Pregnancy Center. He and his wife Martha worked to promote healthy marriages as leaders in Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter for 27 years.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting with his son and singing with several local choirs.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday July 12, 2013, at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Max Zook officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Otelia Mennonite Church, and from 9 to 10 a..m. Friday at Locust Grove.

The body has been contributed to the Pennsylvania Humanity Gifts Registry for the advancement of medical study.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Clymer’s family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Crossroads Pregnancy Center, 109 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044.