Donald Leo Kachmar entered this world on March 11, 1939, and departed unexpectedly on March 8, 2014. This is the same date as Joe DiMaggio in 1999 and Ray Nitschke in 1998. His departure took place in the same home he was raised in as a child in Luzerne (a beautiful ending).
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He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Sarah Ann Scott Kachmar, in 2003.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Kachmar and resided in Courtdale and Luzerne for most of his life.
His passions included hunting, fishing, camping, creative problem solving, a love for dogs (and most recently cats), interacting with his grandchildren, and his commitment to Holy Name Catholic Church in Luzerne. At the time of his departure, he was the active president of SMLA (South Mountain Land Association) in Noxen. As it states on SMLAs website, "Don was dedicated to SMLA and his ideas and actions are mainly responsible for bringing the Association from the brink of losing our lease to the improvements of what we have today. He was an avid deer hunter and a true conservationist."
Our father was truly committed to sharing with others what provided him many years of joy since he was a young boy, the simple pleasures of being in the woods with nature (God's Country as he referred to it), and all of the beautiful things it has to offer. He worked tirelessly with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to educate as many young people as he could in the hunter safety courses, an accomplishment he was most proud of. He believed deeply in respecting what God has given us to enjoy and passing that belief on to other generations.
His working years were spent with the Duplan and Leslie Fay corporations as the director of creative problem solving (maintenance). When other engineers would ask him where he received his degree, he would always reply, "From the School of Hard Knocks." That was the true Don Kachmar! His favorite word and message to his kids growing up was "THINK." Simple, but effective. Don was well known for his strong work ethic and "industrial strength" designs which led to one of his many nicknames, "Industrial Strength Don." Others included "Koch," "Yob" and "Rev." He was also committed to his community and served as a police officer and volunteer fireman in Courtdale. We are very proud of our father and his contributions to our family and others.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna and her husband, Tom, Rahway, N.J.; a son, Ken and his wife, Nicole, Hardyston, N.J.; his brothers, Robert and Joe, Luzerne and Camp Hill; grandchildren, Samantha Rose Tirone, Sierra Ann and Chloe Elizabeth Kachmar; and his longtime companion and friend, Katie, Kingston. He was more thoughtful than anyone will ever know and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne.
Interment will be in St Mary's Cemetery, Pringle.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In honoring Don's request, the dress code for attendees is to be casual with jeans and flannel shirts preferred (fluorescent orange and camouflage is welcomed).
The family requests that donations be made to the SPCA in lieu of flowers, or adopt a pet and name him Leo, Koch, Yob or Rev.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith−and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God−not by works, so that no one can boast." — Ephesians 2:8-9.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014