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Donald Garman

Donald Ray ""Donnie"" Garman

Tuesday, July 17th, 1934 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Donald Ray "Buddy" Garman, 85, the porch "sentinel" of Park Avenue, Ephrata, gave up his watch on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, after suffering a fall.

Born in Denver he was the son of the late to John F. and Elizabeth (Hertzog) Garman and was the loving husband of Vivian A. Garman for 53 years.

Donnie, as many knew him, served in the US Army and in 1965 became the owner and operator of the Denver Cut Rate and for four decades served his beloved hometown.

He was a member of Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, Ephrata Lodge No. 665, Lancaster County Lodge of Perfection, Reading Lodge of Perfection, Reading Rajah Shrine, Lancaster County Fireman's Association, Denver Fire Company, Liberty Fire Company and past president of Denver Lions Club.

Donnie enjoyed Nascar racing, hunting, snowmobiling and fishing (especially in Canada). He also was very diligent in watching over the neighborhood from his favorite front porch chair.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are three children, Regina (Cole) VanDervort of Radford, VA, John D. Garman of Costa Mesa, CA, Becca Collins of Arlington, VA; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Marlene (Dave) Campbell of Manheim, Phyllis (George) Wolf of Akron and Judy (Dave) Hertzog of Denver and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Josephine, Carl and Marlin “Honey.”

Due to the coronavirus, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

To honor his love for furry pets, please consider a memorial contribution in Donnie’s name to an animal rescue of your choice.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Ephrata.
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Missy White) Santiago

Posted at 11:40am
I had the pleasure to work for him at The Denver Cut Rate, so many great memories there with him.
He was an awesome person who meant a lot to me plus he even thought me a few things. I was also friends with a lot of his family members. Donnie will be missed and will always be in my thoughts.

wendi sorensen

Posted at 02:47pm
I have had the privilge of being this mans neighbor for more than 10 years, I will miss our conversations during rain storms, fire calls, power outages, and snow storms . When I go out the front door, I expect him to be sitting there with a friendly smile and wave. He will be very missed by all the knew him . RIP Donnie

Shirley A. Siger

Posted at 08:41am
So sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you feel at this time. You have been blessed with a loving life partner and children who will be your strength in the struggles that will come. God bless.
Shirley (Redcay) Singer
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