Donald H. Petry Ii
1966 - 2021
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Donald H. Petry, II

Milltown - Donald H. Petry II, formerly of Milltown, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Centra State Hospital in Freehold. He was 55.

Born in New Brunswick, he lived in Milltown most of his life, before moving to Millstone Twp a few years ago.

Don was a retired Sergeant with the Milltown Police Department. He ran the DARE program at both Joyce Kilmer School and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Milltown.

After retirement he pursued his love of history. He received a BA in History from Southern New Hampshire University and was currently working on his Masters at Monmouth University.

Don loved everything Civil War and Military history, especially Gettysburg. He and his wife Lea extensively traveled to many historical sites which included many Revolutionary War and Civil War sites in the US as well as places in Europe including Normandy Beach and the Somme in France and Waterloo in Belgium. He was a collector of war re-enactment models. He had a Facebook page "Don's Military History Page" where he would show his latest models and talk about the historic sites he would visit. Seven of his photos appeared in the book "Gettysburg in Miniature: A Battle Overview Illustrated With Model Soldiers and Dioramas" by Scott L. Mingus and Tristan S. Mingus.

He was a member and on the Board of the Millstone Township Historical Society, a member of the Society for Military History in Lexington VA and the Civil War Trust in Washington DC. He earned his Eagle Scout badge with the Boy Scouts of America.

He's predeceased by his father Donald H. Petry (d. 2019)

Surviving is his wife of 31 years, Amelia "Lea" Savoia Petry; his mother Anita (Shaffer) Petry of Milltown; his sister and brother-in-law Heidi and David Corrente of Milltown; his nieces and nephews Lt. Jessica Strickland, Psy.D (Kevin), Jeremy Corrente, and Samantha, Sydney, Shawn and Shane Savoia.

Friends and relatives may call on Saturday, June 12th, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N Main St.-at Riva Avenue, Milltown. A Blessing will be held at 2:30 pm during the visitation. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Battlefield Trust, PO Box 79535, Baltimore, MD 21279-0535 ,

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Published in Home News Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.
11:00 - 03:00 PM
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June 14, 2021
To Donald's family: Donald was in my World War I master's level seminar this past spring. I had no idea he was facing this. I am stunned and saddened to learn of his death. I really enjoyed having him in my class. He was an enthusiastic and perceptive student. Of course, his special interest was in the military history books I'd assigned, but he contributed in interesting ways to all the discussions. It seems--I see from the obituary--that he brought his energies to so many aspects of history and the community. My deepest sympathies. Fred McKitrick, Monmouth University, Department of History & Anthropology
Frederick McKitrick
June 12, 2021
My heart is sad and I send my deepest condolences to his family.
Debby (Marshall) Kolar
June 11, 2021
So sorry to hear about this. Donald, was a great guy, We will miss him. Craig Berger & family (from Milltown Rescue Squad)
Craig Berger
June 11, 2021
Even though we didn't see each other often, his love for his family, friends, community and history was endless - would never waiver. Don will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember the little boy who would run around the apartment with his "trucks". I will miss him.
Janet Matelski
June 11, 2021
Aunt Anita, your son was a pillar of compassion to all who knew him, Heidi a loving brother and friend, Lea He loved you so much and it showed. He was a loving husband, best friend and father figure to all those in the house. I will miss him so much. His passing was a total shock to me and my eyes still have not dried up. We are all better people for having had Donald in our lives. I will miss my cousin so much.
Robert Matelski
June 11, 2021
So sorry to read about Donald,Anita and family,he was a good son,husband,brother,and uncle,may he rest in peace my dear friend
Marie gilliland
June 11, 2021
Anita, Heidi, Lea and Family... Perhaps something my pastor once said will give you comfort as it does for me. "On the day we're born, we are crying and everyone else is rejoicing. On the day we die, everyone else is crying and WE are rejoicing." May you also find comfort in your memories and in knowing what a great person Don was. Blessings
Denise Rucci
June 10, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful classmate at Monmouth and I enjoyed our Civil War talks. Rest in peace, my friend.
Aly Riley
June 10, 2021
So sorry to read this. Known Don and his family for years at Dr Rickards office. My sincere condolences. Lynn Bridy
Lynn Bridy
June 10, 2021
to Lea anita heidi and the family i am so sorry to hear about donald he was a good friend and person he did a lot for milltown rest in peace don
chip richter
June 10, 2021
rest in peace brother in blue you will be missed george stilwell
George Stilwell
June 10, 2021
He was a role model to my kids and so many others who attended Milltown Schools sorry for your loss
Craig Evans
June 10, 2021
Always fond memories of growing up with my dear cousin...trekking through the woods in Milltown with Don and my brother Tom. Visiting on Saturdays. May he forever rest in peace and in our hearts. My love and sympathy to all of the family
Lisa Quaglieri
June 9, 2021
I will always miss you my friend
Dean Plaganis
June 9, 2021
Rich and I are deeply sorry to hear of Donald's passing. We know he was a well-respected man and dedicated family man. We are sorry for the entire family. Rich & Angie Olszewski
Angela & Rich Olszewski
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