David O. Percy, PhD.
York, PA

David O. Percy passed away Thursday, June 30 at York Hospital after a 15 year battle with cancer. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD to the late Oran K. and Alta T. (Kirkeby) Percy.
He served in the U.S. Navy. After his Naval service, David received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from San Diego State University and Doctorate in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In the Navy, he served as the first nuclear chemist and radiological technician in the Submarine service at the beginning of Rickover's Nuclear Navy. He was a plankowner of the USS Snook (SSN-592). After completing his college work he had a long career as a historian and teacher.

In 1976, he became Special Assistant to the President of the Charles County Community College (now College of Southern Maryland). Parts of his duties were to assist in the development of a historical interpretation program at the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, MD, which is now part of Piscataway National Park. He eventually became the Farm's Director, and in 1985, he became the Executive Vice President of the Farm's operating foundation in Washington, D.C.
In 1990, he became the editor of 'Forest & Conservation History Journal' in Durham, NC. Its association with Duke University gave him the opportunity to teach there. He then taught at North Carolina State University before accepting a position as Executive Director of the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston, SC. After retiring, he and his wife moved to York, where he continued to teach for another nine years as an Adjunct Professor of History at Harrisburg Area Community College – York Campus before declining health forced him to leave the lecture halls in the fall of 2015.

He enjoyed woodworking, research, reading, crossword puzzles, Nebraska Cornhusker Football and spending time with friends and family. He was an Eagle Scout and Sea Explorer Quartermaster and attended the 1953 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Irvine Ranch, CA.

He was a strong believer in his faith and served the Episcopal Church in numerous capacities during his life, including chairing the Discernment Committee for the Priesthood of Robert Gephart, recently retired Interim Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and has recently attended St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, York.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Sandra Mary of York, he is survived by his Aunt Donna (Kirkeby) and spouse, Paul Willadsen of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Jonathon and spouse, Dorothy of Austin, TX; sisters, Linda Corhan of Austin, TX and Susan McCrady and spouse, Doug of Redway, CA; sister-in-law, Kathy Percy of Milpitas, CA; son, Eric David and spouse, Helen of Frederick, MD; daughter, Erin Kathleen (Kline) and spouse, Shawn Lynn Holtzapple of Mt. Wolf; grandsons, Terrance L. Kline II, Jonathan E. Percy, Cordell D. Kline, and Stephen P. Percy; stepgrandchildren, Austin James Holtzapple and spouse, Heaven, and Kayla Beth Holtzapple; step great-grandson, Austin James Holtzapple; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael of Milpitas, CA.
David's body has been donated to science through Science Care, with arrangements being handled by Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Harrisburg. A Memorial Service will be held at a later time at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wellspan Health, Cancer Patient Help Fund, York Health Foundation, 25 Monument Road, York, PA 17403; Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster/York, 224 St. Charles Way, Suite 200, York, PA 17402; or the HACC Foundation – Student Scholarship Fund, www.hacc.edu/givenow (please denote York Campus).
The family wishes to thank Cancer Care of Apple Hill and Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster/York for their dedicated care in the final months of David's life.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 6, 2016