Donald was born September 25, 1929 in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pa, the eighth of nine children to Floyd W. Harkness and Louise Pierce Harkness. He was a graduate of Canton High School with the class of 1947.
On Sept. 29, 1951 he married the former Shirley J. Franklin in Elmira, N.Y. Donald owned and operated Hark Hill Farms in Franklin Township for many years until his retirement in October of 1996. In early years, Donald served as a milk tester for Rice’s Dairy in Monroeton and for the Ulster DHIA. He was later employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda. Donald was a member of the Alba Christian Church and the Pennsylvania Holstein Association.
In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by a grandson, Garrick (JR) Johnston, siblings, Willard (Hilda) Harkness, Harry (Mary) Harkness, George (Eleanor) Harkness, Marion Harkness, Eleanor Layng (Jim) Moryan, Dorothy (Anthony) Possemato, and Marcia “Jane” Harkness.
The funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Alba Christian Church with Rev. Charlotte Morse and Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was held in Bradford County Memorial Park, Burlington Township, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com