Donald J. Doutrich

LANCASTER Donald J. Doutrich, 79, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Lancaster General Hospital following a brief illness. He was the husband of Margaret Gochenaur Doutrich, to whom he was married 40 years before her in death in 2008. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Frank B. and Zelva Kocher Doutrich. Donald was a retired automobile mechanic, having owned and operated Doutrich's Garage in Lancaster for 50 years. He was involved in auto racing for many years and enjoyed the sport throughout his life. His racing career was highlighted by having raced against Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. He also served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his sons, Don J. Doutrich and his wife, Beth of Lancaster, and Steve Doutrich and his wife, Lynn of Manheim; five grandchildren; brothers, Dale Doutrich of Hellam, and Frank J. Doutrich and his wife, Kathy of Columbia; and sister, Arlene Dellinger of Wrightsville. His son, Thomas D. Doutrich, and siblings, Rose Doutrich and Cleon J. Doutrich, preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held from the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. 519 Walnut St., Columbia, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark S. Kopp officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. If desired, contributions in Don's memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 4, 2013