Donald H. Mellinger, 90, Pharmhouse retiree, decorated vet, avid bicyclist, Harley enthusiast

By on August 20, 2014

Donald H. Mellinger, 90, of Ephrata, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Mount. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community.

He was born in Denver to the late Levi and Amanda (Hauck) Mellinger and was the husband of Charlotte H. (Hornberger) Mellinger, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.

Donald was a member of Ephrata Church of the Brethren. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII during the ETO receiving six battle stars and a silver star. Donald was a life member of the VFW Post #6759. He worked in maintenance before retiring from Pharmhouse in 1992. Donald enjoyed riding his Harley, having bought his first Harley in 1939. He was an avid bicyclist and had owned his own bike shop for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by a son: Glen, husband of Ellen (Martin) Mellinger of Ephrata; daughter: Peggy, wife of Robert Buehler of Ephrata; sister: Clara Ruth of Ephrata; grandson: Bradley Hess; and two step-grandsons: Larry and Matt Buehler.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Adam, Wesley, Paul, and Elam; and two sisters: Edith and Florence.

Services were held Aug. 20 at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Rob Eshelman officiating. Interment followed in the Mohler’s Brethren Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Red Rose Honor Guard.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or Red Rose Honor Guard, P.O. Box 8601, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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