Donald Elmer "Donnie" Hess Jr., 63, of Taneytown, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.
Born July 10, 1950, in Gettysburg, Pa., he was the son of Donald and Audrey Six Hess Sr., of Taneytown. He was the husband of Lois Pentz Hess, his wife of 30 years.
He was a welder for Schindler Elevator Corporation in Gettysburg for 37 years. He enjoyed playing softball during his younger years. He was an avid drag racer, who built and raced his own race cars and enjoyed spending time in his garage tinkering with various projects.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are children Lisa Dettinger and husband Daniel, of Littlestown, Pa., Corey Hess and wife Shelly, of Taneytown, Jennifer Keeton and husband Daymon, of Stedman, N.C., and Karen Dettinger, of Taneytown; sisters Diane Cavanaugh and husband Kevin, of Hanover, Pa., Sherrie Sanders and husband Jeff, of Fairfield, Pa., and Robin Caples and husband Jeff, of McSherrystown, Pa.; grandchildren Kayla, Kelly, Cody, Ryan, Nathan, Tyler, Nicholas and Elijah; and numerous nieces and a nephew.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.
A funeral service will held be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Deacon Charles E. Barnhart Jr. officiating. Interment will be private.
Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com
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