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Donald R. Routzahn

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Donald R. Routzahn of Exton Donald R. Routzahn, 84, died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester. He was the husband of Bonnie A. Routzahn. Born in Philadelphia on March 25, 1928, he was the son of the late Floyd and Laura Routzahn. In 1941 the family moved to Darby, Delaware County. In 1944, he left school and secured a job at Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, from 1944 till 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served aboard the USS Wisconsin BB64, USS Albany CA123 and U.S. Naval Base at Norfolk, Va. Upon leaving the Navy in 1948, he worked at the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Eddystone, from 1948 till 1950. During his employment with Baldwin, he attended evening school studying architectural drafting. He secured his first architectural drafting job in 1950, working for an architect in Upper Darby. In 1960 he moved to Chester County and built the home in which he lived till his death. He went on to complete his high school education and architectural studies at night, receiving his high school diploma in 1961. He worked for numerous architectural firms in Philadelphia, notably Howell Lewis Shay. He was an architectural draftsman and detailer and retired from the profession in 1994. He was a licensed pilot and flew out of Shannon Aviation in Thorndale, where the Sports Center now stands. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Village Avenue for many years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie, and his four children, Donna Diodati and husband, Robert, Heidi Canfield and husband, Eric, Geoffrey Routzahn and Eric Routzahn. Also, his step-daughters, Tracie Pusey and husband, James, and Tammy Gulick. He is survived also by his grandchildren, David, Jonathan, Nicholas, Christopher, Kimberly, Jeffrey, Colleen, Christina, and Michelle; and step-grandchildren, Nichole, Brendan, Alexandria, and Rachel; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his sister, Gladys Griffis, and brother, David and wife, Ginger. He was predeceased by his brothers, Floyd, Richard, and Robert, and by his sister, Norma. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 104 S. Village Ave. in Lionville, where family and friends may call from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Delaware Valley Christian Camp, 33 Camp Road, Douglassville, PA 19518 or to the Certified Hospice Program of Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc., 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, 19380. Arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, Downingtown. To send online condolences, visit

Published in The Daily Local on Oct. 23, 2012
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