David M. ‘Lefty’ Yohn Jr., 88, WWII vet, MC grad, U.S. Asbestos plant worker, prolific coach

By on February 24, 2016

David (Lefty) M. Yohn Jr., 88, formerly of Manheim, passed away Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at his home in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Born Sept. 30, 1927, in Mechanicsburg, he was the son of the late David M. Sr. and Mary A. Thomas Yohn; and was preceded in death by a sister: Carol E. Thompson and a brother: Lynnwood L. Yohn.

Lefty attended Manheim Central High School. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II on a destroyer, the USS Brinkley Bass. Lefty worked for years at the former U.S. Asbestos plant in Manheim. He coached several Manheim community baseball teams and pitched for several softball teams retiring from softball after pitching for the Lake Fairways Senior League. Lefty enjoyed golf during his retirement, having eight holes-in-one during those years. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manheim; and Messiah Lutheran Church, Cape Coral, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years: Donna (Diehm) Yohn; four children: David B. Yohn of Nevada; Denise S., wife of Dennis Brumbach, Manheim; Devin C., husband of Donna (Walters) Yohn; and DeeAnn D., wife of Rick Carpenter, all of Manheim; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren who loved him dearly. He had a special way with the kids that shone through when they were together. He is also survived by a brother: Darryl M., husband of Susan (Treadway) Yohn; sister: JoAnn L., wife of Donald Shelly; and brother: Daniel M. Yohn all of Manheim.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family this spring along with an interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in honor and memory of David can be made to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council, Inc., RR No. 2, Box 484, Indiantown Gap Road, Annville PA. 17003.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, had charge of the arrangements.

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