Donald Jay Fonda


Fonda, Donald Jay, 87 of Myrtle Beach, SC, (previously of Malvern, PA and Temple, NH), passed away on May 19, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth Jane (Washburn) Fonda, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Brooklyn, NY February 24, 1930, he was the son of Jay Charles and Adeline Grace (Ebel) Fonda.

Mr. Fonda attended Newtown High School in Jackson Heights, NY and Temple University.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a Sergeant First Class. During his seven years of service he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal and the National Defense Medal.

He and “Betty” were married at Valley Forge Chapel in 1954. He worked for Crucible Steel for 33 years until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Fonda was an active member of the community, serving as a Trustee of the Paoli Presbyterian Church and as Chief at East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Company. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts as well as being a coach to his sons’ many sporting teams.

He is survived by his three sons, Donald J. Fonda (Debby) of Myrtle Beach, SC; Dwight D. Fonda (Maureen) of Downingtown, PA; and Scott W. Fonda (Claudia) of Exton, PA. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce G. Fonda of Radcliff, KY; as well as his five grandchildren.

There will be a private burial with military honors at West Laurel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, June 3rd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to a charity of your choice.

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Wayne Williams - USMC
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Longs, SC
Created On: 11/16/2017 21:02:17

Thanks for your service Soldier !!!
Wayne Williams
United States Marine Corps

Ed Sharrett
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Myrtle Beach, SC
Created On: 07/06/2017 14:41:47

Fonda Family
Don was a valued member of the Grand Strand Model Railroad club and will truly be missed. He was a great guy to talk to and I enjoyed his humor.

Maurice and Ginny Fennimore
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Glenmoore, PA
Created On: 07/06/2017 14:40:59

Betty, Don, Dwight and Scott, so sorry to hear of Don's passing. SO many great memories of the fire company years and our occasional chance meetings at the Malvern Meeting House as you, Betty, and Don passed through the area after moving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blessings!

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Created On: 07/06/2017 14:40:20

Dear Fonda family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Donald. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

Ira Dutter
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Paoli, Pa
Created On: 07/06/2017 14:39:48

Sorry for your loss.

Fred Alston
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Malvern, PA
Created On: 07/06/2017 14:38:58

With deepest condolences for Betty and the entire family. Don will be missed.



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