Donald W. “Don” Blyler, Jr. (1944-2021)

Posted January 7, 2021

Donald W. “Don” Blyler, Jr., born on Aug. 23, 1944, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2021, at the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, PA. He was the son of Donald W. Blyler, Sr. and Marion Geesaman Blyler.

A 1962 graduate of Lebanon High School and a member of the PA National Guard, he married Mary M. Kolovani on Oct. 3, 1964. He and his wife went on to build a successful printing company, Donald Blyler Offset, which operated for 35 years. He was honored to be named Eastern Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1992 as well as the recipient of the Neographic Person of the Year Award in 2012. He served as a mentor to numerous Lebanon County Vo-Tech students and was deeply rooted in providing Lebanon County with opportunities for quality employment and prosperity. Armed with strong faith, he was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he enjoyed a vast majority of outdoor hobbies and interests. He was a member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), Sunbury Grouse Club, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

A proud father and family man, he enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, a daughter, Nicole, wife of Brian Hockley, a son, Donald, III, a granddaughter, Alexandra Hockley, and a grandson, Logan Hockley. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, a sister, several brothers- and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Kreamer Funeral Home, 618 E. Main St., Annville, PA 17003. Viewing will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Monday. Burial will take place in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery with military honors. Those wishing to view the service online may do so at 11 a.m. on Monday the 18th. Visit www.kreamerfuneralhome.com, click on the live stream tab, and scroll down to click on the Annville location link.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital (to honor the doctors, nurses, and staff who work tirelessly), or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Lebanon, PA.

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