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James D. "Duck" Donham, 85, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday (Aug. 1, 2016) at his residence.
James was born in Fairmont, on Oct. 30, 1930, a son of the late Paul and Norma (Hecker) Donham.
He was the widower of Mary Jane (French) Donham, who passed away in 2009. They celebrated 54 years of marriage.
He was a 1948 graduate of East Fairmont High School and a 1958 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. During college summers, he worked at the old Fairmont Coke Works on the labor gang.
He worked for various defense industry companies, including Goodyear Aircraft in Akron, Ohio, Aerospace-General & Bartley Engineering in Sacramento, California, General Electric in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey. He was also employed at Follett Corp. in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Gordos Corp. in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Jim enjoyed playing his guitar with various dance bands and church groups with his brother-in-law, Duane Harbert, and cousin, Carl Brock. Jim and Mary Jane played and sang together for many occasions. He was an avid genealogist, collected handguns and enjoyed carpentry work, building a garage and other outbuildings and additions at all of the places they lived.
He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the carrier USS Saipan during the Korean War. He was a member of Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.
James is survived by two daughters, Paula Jane Donham of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Millicent Susan Donham of Bangor, Pennsylvania; a son, Christopher James Donham of Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Harbert of Atco, New Jersey; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Eaton Church, 7277 Mount Eaton Road, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Friends are invited to call 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be held in Mount Eaton Cemetery, Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., "Village of Johnsonville," Bangor, Pennsylvania.
Online condolences may be offered at www.gaffneyparsons.com.
The family requests donations be made to Mount Eaton Church, P.O. Box 129, Saylorsburg, PA 18353.
Published on August 3, 2016
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