Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Donald Lee Estep, 83, passed from this life to more life, joining his beloved Nora Lee and leaving behind a strong, extended family who will miss him very much.
He was born May 28, 1928, in the small mining community of Wolfpit, Ky.,Â one of four children to the late Roy C. and Ola A. (Stinnette) Estep.
He spent his youth living throughout the Southern states until, as a teenager, he found his heart in western Pennsylvania.Â
He was a 1947 graduate of Kittanning High School, and it was there that he met Nora Lee Hill, with whom he would spend 53 years of marriage.
Mr. Estep was dedicated to service.Â He served in the U.S. Army during 1948-1952 and was a Korean War veteran, earning the citations of Army Occupation (Japan), Good Conduct and Korean Service Medals with four bronze service stars.Â
He served the community of Grace Lutheran Church, as Sunday school teacher, Parish council member and Menâ€™s Bible Class officer.
He was a member and past president of the Board of Directors for the Brookville YMCA, and he was active for many years with the Jefferson County Election Board.
He was dedicated to his family.Â During his childrenâ€™s youth, he volunteered with the Brookville Little League as a coach and manager.Â
He was active with the Brookville Area High School Band Parents, serving as the president of the Band Parents Association.Â He was a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 20 years, attending the National Jamborees in 1969 and 1973, and instilling a passion for scouting in his children (two Eagle scouts) and grandchildren (two Eagle scouts).
Mr. Estep was a fourth-generation Mason and a member of Hobah Lodge No. 276, where he was the last person to petition for and receive â€śThe Word of the Chairâ€ť to be Master of the Lodge.Â He was a member of Jefferson Chapter No. 225, Brookville; Bethany Commandery, Knights Templar, DuBois; Jaffa Shrine AAONMS and walked the Hot Sands in Altoona, and he was a 32nd-degree Member of Coudersport Consistory, AASR in Coudersport.
He retired from the Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad in 1992 after nearly 40 years of service. This allowed him to pursue his passions of golfing at the Pinecrest Country Club, watching old movies and reading.
He is survived by his children and their families, sons Robert A. Estep and wife Leann of Knoxville, Tenn., and Brian K. Estep and wife Kimberly of Groton, Conn., and daughter Barbara A. (Estep) VanSteenberg and husband James â€śMoonâ€ť of Baxter; eight grandchildren, Matthew Estep and wife Shannon of Norfolk, Va., Megan and Mark Estep of Jacksonville N.C., Benjamin, David and Sean Estep of Groton, Conn., Danielle VanSteenberg of Baxter, and Ian Bentley Estep of Knoxville; and great-grandchildren Collin Maddox and Avary Lane Estep.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.
Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the funeral home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy Spence officiating.
The family requests that any donations be made in Mr. Estep's name to the Bucktail Council, Boy Scouts of America, 209 First St., DuBois, Pa. 15801.