Darwin R. Diffenderfer
06/20/1936 - 08/20/2018

Darwin R. Diffenderfer, 82, of Marietta, passed away at his home on August 20, 2018. He was the husband of Mary L. (Long) Diffenderfer to whom he was married 49 years.  Born June 20, 1936 in Mifflintown, he was the son of the late George R. and Mary R. (Snyder) Diffenderfer.  Darwin was retired from the Commonwealth of PA, DER with 35 years of service. He proudly served in the US Army. Darwin enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.  Surviving are two sons, Neil Diffenderfer (Tracy) of Westminster, MD and Gregory Diffenderfer (Bethany) of Columbia, PA, five grandchildren, Kenyon LeBlanc, Allexa, Olivia, Ava, and Reed Diffenderfer; his sister, Wanda Caldwell (Jake) of Ephrata, one brother-in-law and 4 sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Murphy Funeral Home, 501, Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown with Rev. J. William Long officiating. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, McSherrystown. Relatives and friends will be received Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions in memory of Darwin may be made to Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.


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Posted at:08/27/2018 4:04 pm
Mary Diffenderfer
Good bye Diff, love of my life since I was 19. Our last day together was Aug. 19,2018. Then you passed Aug 20 (same day 7 years ago as Peter, brother-in-law left us). I gave you CPR AT 4 am Aug. 20. We buried you Thurs. August 23. We had private family mass at 11:am in Annunciation. It was same time we were married 49 years ago. It was lovely! My brother Fr. Bill conducted ceremony. Our beautiful granddaughter, Ava (11) did the reading. At 2 pm we had burial service with Military honors. We were surrounded by our loving family and friends.

Posted at:08/23/2018 1:01 pm
Mari Bressler
I had the privilege of working at DEP with Diff for a few years. Sadly due to another commitment I was unable to make the visitation. It was a blessing to me to know such a great and well respected man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my apologies for not being able to personally show my respect. May God bless you and comfort you during this time.

Posted at:08/22/2018 1:01 pm
The Kopp Family
It will be the little things that you remember the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it might seem hard right now It will be the memories of these little things that push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. Extending Deep and Heartfelt Sympathy to you and your Family

Posted at:08/21/2018 4:04 pm
Timothy Baker
Mary, There are no words to express except May God give you peace that passes all understanding. Diff will be greatly missed by a lot of people.

Posted at:08/21/2018 12:12 pm
Jesse Combs
Mrs. Diffenderfer, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I took care of your husband on several occasions when he was in the hospital - a wonderful man. He will be remembered always.

Posted at:08/21/2018 8:08 am
Lori McMichael
With deepest sympathy on Darwin's passing.

Posted at:08/21/2018 8:08 am
Jim White
Diffy was my best friend and the best boss I ever had. A true friend and a lot of good memories, I'll miss him.

Posted at:08/20/2018 8:08 pm
Lin and Nancy Harley
What can we say. He was one of our closest friends, and we have many special memories. Our hearts are broken! Love to Mary, Neil and Greg.

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