Donald Crissey Fardelmann, 88, died at home in Hebron, Md. on Oct. 21, 2012 after a short period of declining health.
Donald was born May 10, 1924 in Jersey City, N.J., to Louis Herman and Lillian Viola Crissey Fardelmann. He attended Montclair High School in Montclair, N.J., New Mexico A&M University, and graduated from Newark College of Engineering in 1948. During WWII
, Donald served as a member of the 409th Infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division in the U.S. Army.
After the war, he served one year in Occupied Germany and Austria as part of the 9th Infantry Division. On July 28, 1946, he married the love of his life, Anita Blanche McMahon, of Las Cruses, N.M., who preceded him in death on May 25, 2010, after almost 64 years of marriage.
After the war, he lived in Livingston, N.J. and worked at Charles S. Wood Insulation Company in South Orange, N.J. and Woolsulate Corporation in Fairfield, N.J., where he was an Estimator/Engineer until he retired in 1986.
Donald was a member of Livingston United Methodist Church, North Orwell United Methodist Church, and regularly attended Bethesda United Methodist Church, Salisbury, Md.. Don sang in the choir and served on various committees within the United Methodist Church. Don played the trombone in high school, the University of New Mexico A&M, as well as the Kirby Band of Nichols, N.Y. Donald played football for Montclair High School, during which his team won two state championships. He also played football at NM A&M and for the 9th INF DIV in Occupied Germany.
Donald was an Eagle Scout, and served for over 15 years as scoutmaster for Troop 75 in Livingston, N.J. He volunteered at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. for 19 years.
Donald will be especially remembered as a loving father of his six children.
He loved camping, traveling and boating. Among his favorite past times was canoeing down the Delaware River as well as camping with family and friends at places like Stoke State Forest, High Point and the Worthington Tract, next to the Delaware Water Gap. Fulfilling a promise made to his bride, he took his family traveling throughout the United States, including most of the nation's national parks, Civil War and Revolutionary battlefields, and other natural wonders of this great country. He had a passion for sports and was able to watch most of his children's games.
Don loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers, although most of the vegetables were grown to help feed the rather large family he raised. Once retired in Pennsylvania, he developed a love for making trails around the property and maintaining the ponds. Wherever Don and Anita lived they loved to make friends, usually through the local church, and always got involved in the community. He especially enjoyed helping his wife with many community projects such as recycling.
Donald is survived by six children Janet Richardson of North Orwell, Pa., Donald "Cris" (Suellen) Fardelmann Jr. of Cooper City, Fla., Eric (Robin) Fardelmann, of Lansing, Kansas, James (Dawn) Fardelmann, of Parsonsburg, Md., Denise (Dan) Egel, Vincennes, Ind., Randall (Mary Ann) of Quantico, Md.; 10 grandchildren Nikki (Mike) Koski, Yvette (Frank) Majnerich, Jacquelyn Fardelmann, Garrett Fardelmann, Meghan Fardelmann, Sam Egel, Nettie Egel, Evelyn Fardelmann, Jaime Fardelmann and Dirk Fardelmann; three great-grandchildren Bryan, Amanda and Jennifer Koski; his brother Louis (Jean) Fardelmann of Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his wife Anita, his brother Robert, and his son-in-law Graham Richardson.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at North Orwell Union Church, North Orwell, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome and can be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.