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May 14, 2014

James Donald (Don) McElhaney

GREENVILLE — James Donald (Don) McElhaney, 91, formerly of Hartstown, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, in White Cliff Health and Rehabilitation Center, Greenville, after an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Meadville, to Everett J. and Corene D. Gelvin McElhaney.

He was a graduate of Conneaut Lake High School. A proud World War II veteran, he served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a life-long member of the Adamsville Presbyterian Church.

He was a life-long dairy farmer in West Fallowfield Township where he loved to farm the land and take care of his animals. He also retired after many years as a pipe fitter from Greenville Steel Car, Greenville. Don loved family events and harness racing, for many years he owned and trained harness horses and won many races at the Meadows and Batavia with his horse, “Gracie.” He was a member of the Harness Horse Racing Association.

He was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons, Erie, Zem Zem Shrine, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Erie Consistory and served as the lodge council chaplain, was a member of the Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cpl. James O. Jordan Post 3374, Greenville American Legion Post 140 and member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Atlantic.

Don was the last member of his immediate family and is survived by a niece, Elaine Root and her husband, Michael, of Townville; a nephew, Thomas E. McElhaney and his wife, Debbie, of Meadville; and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thomas Dale McElhaney and John Richard McElhaney; and a nephew, David Allen McElhaney.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

A memorial service will be held at Rocky Glen Cemetery Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the Rev. Frank Duncan officiating. Military honors will be provided by Greenville VFW, Cpl. James O. Jordan Post 3374.

Arrangements are under the direction of Randall Funeral Home, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown.

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