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Dervin Keisling

Dervin John "DJ" Keisling

Friday, February 26th, 1965 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Dervin John “DJ” Keisling was welcomed at Heaven’s gates by his father who has waited for him for fifty-one years. DJ, of Greensburg, PA, passed away at Wellspan York Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness.
He was born in Ephrata to Gladys (Heiser) Wenger, of San Clemente, CA and the late Dervin Keisling, Sr, on February 26, 1965 and was a member of Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church
DJ, an electrical engineer, was a graduate of Ephrata High School and Penn State University. A Seaman, DJ served in the US Navy from 1991-1996, mostly on nuclear subs.
DJ always had a smile on his face and the word “no” was not part of his vocabulary to anyone who needed his help. He touched so many lives with warmth and love. He will never know what difference he made to all he met.
He loved the ocean, animals, Star Wars and Penn State football. But his biggest and life-long passion was for his muscle cars. Even as a toddler, DJ would love to go to Weit’s and look at the all the Matchbox cars! He never lost that love for those powerful engines.
In addition to his mother, DJ is survived by two sisters, Michelle, wife of the late Orion McMahon of San Clemente, CA, Jacqui Hornsby of Maryland and two nieces, Solana and Kelia, along with numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, with Rev. Jim Goodyear officiating. Interment will take place in the Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in DJ's memory may be made to Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA, 17522.
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 2:00pm
    Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church
    9 Hahnstown Road
    Ephrata, PA 17522
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  • Interment

    Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery
    Address not given
    Ephrata Township, PA
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Donations are being accepted for: Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church.


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Steve Petticoffer

Posted at 05:47am
I was privileged to have been a friend of Dervin's for most of my life; I knew him since our childhood days in the early 1970s at Lincoln Elementary school (and I remember his fondness for Matchbox cars back then!) In recent years, I enjoyed chatting with him at a high school reunion, both of us exchanging stories we each had from being in the Navy. I will very much miss seeing Dervin; he truly was a kind soul, down to earth and friendly, and I am saddened to see yet another classmate gone.
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Sharon Beam

Posted at 06:08pm
Dear Gladys, Sorry to hear of DJ's death. I have lost contact with you, so I could not get in touch with you personally. Please get in touch with me. Robert and Sharon Beam, PO Box 125, Laurel Place 402, Cornwall, PA 17016. You have our deepest sympathy.

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