2018-03-08 / Obituaries

Donald Detrick

February 27, 2018


Donald Detrick Donald Detrick Donald Franklin Detrick, 67, a lifelong Camptown, PA, resident passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, with his loving family at his side.

Don, or “Bugsy” as he was commonly known by his family and friends, was born in Tunkhannock, PA, on Jan. 29, 1951, a son of the late Franklin C. and Adele W. Uphoff Detrick. He graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School, a member of the Class of 1968. He married the former Patricia “Pat” Mulcahy on Sept. 30, 1972, in the Monroeton United Methodist Church. They have since enjoyed 45 years of marriage.

Don went to work at the former Sylvania Manufacturing Facility in Towanda, which is now known as GTP, on April 17, 1969, and retired on Jan. 28, 2011, as Maintenance Manager of the Chemicals and Powders Department.

In his early years as a young father in the Camptown Community, he was active in coaching the Camptown Little League and Camptown Flag Football. He was one of the founding members of the Camptown Little League.

Don was a member of the Camptown Cemetery Association and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #534, Wyalusing.

He enjoyed grass drag snowmobile racing with his son, Jeff, and was an accomplished snowmobiler. Over the years, he accumulated many points’ championships. In 2003, Bugsy was voted PRO Mechanic of the Year by his fellow racers. He was an avid Wyalusing Valley High School football and wrestling fan. Every year since 1983, he always looked forward to going to Wrestling States in Hershey, PA, with longtime friends Jack Vanderpool and the late Allan “Alley Cat” Vanderpool, a tradition that lasted almost 35 years. He so enjoyed spending time with family and friends—whether a cookout, special dinners or simply an impromptu gathering at his home.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. A great joy was being Poppy to his granddaughter, Gracie. His contagious laugh and radiant smile will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving are his wife, Pat at home; son, Jeff (Stacy) Detrick of Camptown; daughter, Megan Detrick of Endicott, NY; granddaughter, Gracie Detrick of Towanda; two sisters, Diane (Bruce) Fowler of Towanda and Donna (David) Maynard of Towanda; mother-in-law, Dorothy Baker of Camptown; three brothers-in-law, Paul Mulcahy of Towanda, Michael (Beth) Mulcahy of Stevensville and James Mulcahy of Homets Ferry; two sisters-in-law, Linda (Lynmar) Chaffee of LeRaysville and Maureen Ferris of Towanda.

He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Edward P. "Bud" Mulcahy, Jr. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, and by his stepfather-in-law, Donald Eugene Baker on Friday, Aug. 6, 1999.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 3 at noon at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Pastor Vickie Ellis of the Beaver Meadows Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Camptown Cemetery.

Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday evening, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the start of the service at noon.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wyalusing Youth Football & Cheerleading, PO Box 385, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Wyalusing Elementary Wrestling Club, PO Box 642, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in loving memory of Donald F. Detrick.

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.

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