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LeRohn D. Deysher, 96, of Hellertown (Obituary Brought to You by Heintzelman Funeral Home)

LeRohn D. Deysher, 96, of Hellertown, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at his residence. A decorated World War II veteran and accomplished musician, Dan sounded Taps for 3,777 military funeral services and was the Founder of ‘Taps over Bethlehem.’

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LeRohn D. Deysher, 96, of Hellertown, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at his residence. He was the husband of the late C. Abigail (McCauley) Deysher, who died Aug. 17, 1994. Dan was born in Bethlehem on Sept. 26, 1921 to the late Maurice and Luma (Breidegam) Deysher. He served our country faithfully in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Pennsylvania as a Musician 1st Class in the Pacific Theater, receiving 13 Battle stars. Dan was a Systems Analyst and Claims Adjuster for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation prior to retiring in 1982. He was a faithful member and former Head Elder of First United Church of Christ, Hellertown, where he served as church school teacher and superintendent. He was also a Scout Master for Troop 319. He was a graduate of the United States Navy School of Music and Ursinus College, Collegeville. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Past Master of the former Hellertown Lodge #563, F&AM; H. Stanley Goodwin Lodge #648, F&AM; and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest #61. Dan was a trumpeter who played with the Bethlehem Legion Band, the Bethlehem Municipal Band, the First UCC Brass, the Society Six Orchestra, Hal Haley’s Orchestra and numerous other musical groups. He served as Bugler, sounding Taps for 3,777 military funeral services. Dan was the Founder of “Taps over Bethlehem,” where echo taps are sounded from Nisky Hill Cemetery to Bethlehem Memorial Park on Memorial Day.


Children: Daniel McCauley Deysher of Fuquay Varina, N.C., Donna Jeanne (Bruce T.) Rader of Fleetwood; grandchildren: Amy Elizabeth (Erik) Wood, Christopher Daniel (Ashley) Deysher, Alana Danielle Rader; 6 great-grandchildren.


Family and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at First United Church of Christ, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown. The calling hour will be followed by the service at 11 a.m. The interment will conclude services at Bethlehem Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by several area American legions. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at Arrangements are by the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Hellertown.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First UCC, 501 Northampton St., Hellertown, PA 18055.


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