Donald L. Sholder, 87, passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, 2020. He was born Feb. 25, 1933 in Williamsport, the son of Charles and Josephine (Bingaman) Sholder.
Donnie was a 1951 Williamsport High graduate before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean Conflict as an aircraft mechanic achieving crew chief rank while stationed in Japan maintaining B52 bombers. After serving our nation, he returned to Williamsport in 1956 taking a job as a mechanic with Spencer Heater. Donnie met Celain Marie Jows of Forest Hill, who worked with his mother as a beautician at LL Stearns. They married in 1960 and had three children who they raised in Bastress Township. The couple celebrated 59 years together. In 1967, Donnie took a job with the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier. After carrying mail for about 20 years, he ended his career with the post office using his talent as mechanic. Donnie was known to be able to fix anything. He retired in 1990 and enjoyed 30 years in which he and Celain built three homes and enjoyed their grandchildren. His hobbies were garage sales, stamps and blueberries.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Jody L. Packard, and two brothers, Lee and Neil Sholder. Surviving in addition to Celain are his son, Shaun W. and wife Kathy A. Sholder; also daughter, Dawn L. and husband Brad Ailor, of Winchester, Idaho. Donnie was blessed with eight grandchildren, Lane, Lindsay, Adria, Andrew, Cristin, Ariel, Calley and Austin. He also has nine great-grandchildren with two on the way.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 2, at 2 p.m., at Adamo’s, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg. Please come and celebrate Donnie’s life with us.
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