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Peter J. DeHart


Peter J. DeHart, 67, of Lower Swatara Township, went to his eternal home on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

He was born on April 4, 1950 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Irvin and Aletha (Reider) DeHart.

Peter was a 1968 graduate of Hershey High School and a 1973 graduate of Elizabethtown College. He retired from Penn State Harrisburg in 2007.

He had a creative mind expressed through his photo-art, displayed at art shows and galleries throughout Central PA. He published several books of poetry, all written in his unique, old world style.

Peter was a lay minister and frequently called upon to speak at churches and retirement communities. He received recognition for his volunteer services at the Mt. Hope Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa., one of many such venues that he served.

He was a collector of antique radios and Victrolas and was well known to short-wave operators throughout the world community. He enjoyed baseball and used his creative genius to make board games with his extensive collection of baseball cards.

Peter was a member of Cedar Hill Community Church in Elizabethtown, Pa., and First Church of God, in Middletown, Pa., and previously attended Bright Hope Fellowship in Middletown and the former Discover Joy Church in Manheim, Pa.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lillian Fortna DeHart; daughters Amelia, of Hershey, and Laura Pierson (Jason) of Gaithersburg, Md.; grandson Jack Gabriel Pierson of Gaithersburg; and sisters, Janet Andrascik (David) of Richmond, Va., and Joan Schwanger (William) of Etters, Pa. He will be sorely missed by these and his many cousins, nieces, nephews and those who called him their friend.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 24 at 11 a.m. at First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, Pa., with Pastor James Artz officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will follow at Middletown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you give a donation in Peter’s memory either to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, 900 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 131A, Harrisburg, PA 17109, or to Contact Helpline, P.O. Box 90035, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

The family has entrusted the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, PA with the funeral arrangements.

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