Donald Eugene ‘Mac’ McNemar
Donald Eugene “Mac” McNemar, 76, of Lewistown, went to his final resting place on May 16, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., at his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1940, in Van Dyke, Donald was raised by his father, John H. “Howdie” McNemar and his mother, Geraldine Gerstell (Newlin) McNemar until the age of 19 when he entered the Air Force, where he received commendations for the first perfect score on the anatomy and physiology exam.
After his military service, Donald married Grace “Peg” Arnold, who survives. He is also survived by children, John Howard McNemar, of Georgia, Sean McNemar and wife, Leslie, of Kentucky, Dawn McNemar Renninger and husband, Brad, of Lewistown, and Jamie McNemar and wife, Beth, of Lewistown. Mac valued any time he could spend with his nine grandchildren and looked forward to visits from his two great-grandsons. Later in life, Mac spent many hours visiting and talking with his living siblings, Esther Schorr, Richard McNemar Sr., Larry McNemar and wife, Erma, Mary Calvert, Susan Peterman, Jerome McNemar and companion, Sam, and John David McNemar and wife, Karen.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine, and father, Howdie, brother-in-law, Earl Kauffman, sister and brother -in-law, Maggie and Sunny Trego, niece, Judith Trego, daughter-in-law, Heather McNemar, great-nephew, Jorgie Rodriquez, sister-in-law, Margaret McNemar, nephew, Richard McNemar, and mother-in-law, Gertrude Shoop Arnold.
During his childhood, Donald was well known for spending time in the garden with nothing but a salt shaker and tomato vines. He also spent time reading to his vision impaired grandmother and pulling pranks on his siblings. School was an easy task for Donald because of his high intelligence, which helped him earn the highest score in three counties on state exams.
After high school, Mac served his country proudly in the military before returning home and beginning a career at Empire Kosher. From working on the docks to managing the plant, Mac enjoyed interacting with employees, often helping out behind the scenes with gas money, food for a holiday, or clothes for a child in need.
When not at work, Mac played softball and bowled until they interfered with his golf game, which took him to many locations, including St. Andrews, in Scotland. When not traveling to play golf, Mac played at Lost Creek Golf Course, where he earned a spot on the hole-in-one wall. When golfing was no longer an option, Mac used his keen mind and salt shaker to foster a love of nature’s bounty by sharing the berries and vegetables he grew in his garden. Big smiles developed and calm prevailed as he tilled the soil and watched his crops mature.
After Empire, Mac was employed as a poultry consultant in Lancaster, Postville, Iowa, and Angola, Ind., until the time of his retirement. While many can tell a story of Mac’s roughness, those who knew him well understood this roughness was to hide his big heart. A big heart that wouldn’t allow him to give up on someone or that would lead him to help one in need. This heart led Mac to prepare meals in appreciation of teachers at Indian Valley High School as well as donate stuffed chickens to students’ or teachers’ families who needed a helping hand.
His funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at Guss Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Pastor David Purdy officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Mattawana where full military honors will be accorded by Lewistown VFW Post 7011.
There will be a viewing Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
A meal and a time of sharing will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 100 Calvary Lane, Lewistown, following the interment.
The family will provide all flowers at Donald’s request, who asked that anyone who desires to give, please donate to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., 117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.