LTC (Ret) Donald L. Zechman, US Army, 80, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his son’s
home in Carlisle. He was born on July 26, 1933, in Mifflinburg, a son of the late Charles E. and Florence
Don attended Mifflinburg High School, The American University, Harrisburg Area Community College along with many other
military training courses. Don always enjoyed working, he was a clerk in a general grocery store, a Fuller
Brush representative, a machine operator with the Watsontown Cabinet Division of Philco Co. and co-owned with his brother,
the D & H Zechman Beer Distributors in Mifflinburg. However, Don’s passion was serving his country
through the US Army and the PA National Guard. He served in the active Army during the Korean War and the
Vietnam War and was honorably discharged and retired in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Don’s last
job was working at the New Cumberland Army Depot from 1980 until his retirement. He attended the Bethany
Evangelical Church, Carlisle. Don will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Betty J. (Dieffenderfer)
Zechman, daughters; Kathy Keiser of West Chazy, NY and Barbara M. (husband, Kevin) Sheriff of Carlisle, one son, Dirk L. (wife,
Chris) Zechman of Carlisle, one stepson, James (wife, Margaret) Brown of Mifflinburg, two brothers; Richard Zechman and Robert
(wife, Ruth) Zechman, both of Lewisburg, one sister, Betty Auman of Beaver Falls, 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by brothers; Kenneth, Harold and Charles Zechman, Jr.
and sisters; Geraldine Shively and Thelma Zechman.
services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle,
with Pastor Paul Dunbar officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.
Cumberland County Honor Guard will perform military honors immediately following the services at the funeral home.
Burial will be at a later date in West Milton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany
Evangelical Church or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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My heart felt condolences to the family. I served with Don as the Company Commander of Company
D, 1st Sqdn. 104th Armored Calvery. At that time Don was the S-3 of 1st Sqdn. 104th A/C, he was a true Patriot, it was truly
a privilege and an honor to serve with him. He was a soldier's soldier along with being one of my mentors. I will remember
him and cherish the memory.
Dean VonBlohn, Danville PA
I am very sorry
for your loss, Betty. I will keep you & your kids in my prayers at this difficult time.
I will always miss you dad. I will never forget you
Husband/Father worked with my Dad, Kenneth Hartman at New Cumberland Army Depot in the 80's. My Dad passed away in 1986.
I will never forget how kind your Father/Husband was to our family. We were devastated and in shock. My Mom had no idea
about survivor benefits or life insurances or anything Army. Your Dad walked her through the process and was a real help
to our family. I was a 19 year old kid trying to navigate the Army system. Just wanted you to know what a difference he
made in our lives and to this day, I remember his kindness. I work for the Army now and hope I can be as helpful to families!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Elizabeth (Hartman) Knouse, Daughter of Ken & Eleanor
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