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David Nelson Treaster, 82, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at the William Penn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was the son of the late Gerald Nelson Treaster and Pearl Elizabeth (Etzweiler) Treaster. He was also predeceased by his brother, H. Dennis Treaster, and his brother-in-law, Harold F. Schroeder.

On April 18, 1964, he married his college sweetheart, Donna Marie (Shumaker) Treaster. They were married for more than 57 years before she passed away on September 22, 2021. David is survived by three sons: Eric David (Elena) of Lewistown, Mark Nelson (Kathy) of Harrisburg and Dr. Luke Andrew (Alison) from Pittsburgh. . Luke and Alison are the parents of his two grandchildren: Samantha Madeline and Noah Gregg.

David’s other survivors include brother, Frederick N. (Beth) Treaster, of Honea Path, SC, sister Elaine Kay Schroeder, of Becker, MN, and sister-in-law, C. Colleen Treaster, of Lewistown.

David was born at home on March 28, 1942 at 40 Pannebaker Avenue in Lewistown. He grew up in the city and attended local schools. Upon his graduation from Lewistown High School in 1960, he ranked third out of a class of 222 students. He attended Albright College in Reading, PA, graduating in 1964. At the ceremony he received the Greek Prize for his work with the Ancient Greek language of the New Testament. In 1970, he received a Master of Social Service Degree from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA. This MSS training allowed him to become a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

David worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for 38 years. For the last 29 years, he served as executive director of the Mifflin County Assistance Office. He retired on July 12, 2002.

David was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lewistown. He was a former Sunday School teacher, a member of the council for several terms, a member of various committees over the years, and often a delegate to the Synod meeting of St. John’s. He sang with the Chancel Choir from 1974 to 2016 and with the bell choir from 1986 to 2016.

In June 2000, he was installed at the synod meeting as a member of the first class of authorized lay worship leaders for the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA. As a pastoral vicar, he led worship services at St. John’s and other local churches where cover for clergy absences was needed.

A viewing will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the King-Barr Funeral Home, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 North Main Street, Lewistown, with Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating.

Burial will be private at Lind Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s memory are respectfully encouraged to: The Music Program of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown PA 17044.

Online condolences may be shared at www.kingbarrfuneralhome.com.