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Michael Drebot, 67, of 300 Ridge Road, Newberry Twp., died Saturday, July 12, 1997 in his home.
Born Dec. 7, 1929 in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late John and Talahija Kashuir Drebot.

Mr. Drebot, a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, was a retired sheet metal mechanic at the former New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a life member of New Cumberland VFW Post No. 7415, and a member of the Steelton American Legion Post No. 0420.

Surviving are his wife, Marie F. Gallagher DeHart Drebot; seven sons, Michael A. of New Cumberland, Jody of Wiconisco, John of Lykens, Todd of Ashland, William DeHart of Marysville, Paul DeHart of Mechanicsburg and Stewart DeHart of New Cumberland; three daughters, Joan Saul of New Cumberland, Mary Ellen DeHart of Harrisburg and Nancy Lee Bender of Dauphin; two brothers, Paul of Middletown and John of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Sophia Mehalko of Colonial Park; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Parthemore Funeral Home Inc., 1303 Bridge St., New Cumberland, with the Rev. Luis R. Rodriguez officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, 17042.

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Services for Richard West Hunsecker, 74, of 27 Firehouse Road, Walnut Bottom, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Messiah United Methodist Church, South Penn Street, Shippensburg.
He died Thursday, July 10, 1997 in Carlisle Hospital.

Mr. Hunsecker, a retired salesman, was a member of the Messiah United Methodist Church, Shippensburg; the Fort Morris AARP; and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Hunsecker, a son, Dennis of Glen Mills; a daughter, Donna Groh of Irvin, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Fitzgerald Reist will officiate Tuesday's service.

Arrangements are being handled by The Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church.

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Daniel J. "Shorty" Landis, 77, of Carlisle, died Friday, July 11, 1997 in Carlisle Hospital.
Born March 20, 1920, in Newville, he was a son of the late Harvey and Carrie Hefflefinger Landis.

Mr. Landis retired in 1972 from the former Arnold Motors in Carlisle, where he was a body shop mechanic.

He was a member of the Evangelical Christian Church, Carlisle, and the Golden Heirs Sunday School Class; the North Middleton Senior Citzens, the AARP and the Carlisle Fish and Game.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth Shaffer Landis; a son, Donald of Carlisle; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of the Ronan Funeral Home, 255 York Road, South Middleton Twp., with the Rev. Daniel R. Mikesell officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, West Pennsboro Township.

Viewing will be at the funeral home on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to his church, 434 B St., Carlisle 17013, or to a favorite charity.

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John W. Day, 92, formerly of 151 Lincoln St., Carlisle, died Sunday night, July 13, 1997, in the Todd Nursing Home, 1000 W. South St., Carlisle.

Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, will announce arrangements when complete.

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Services for retired Major Gen. Chester L. Johnson, 82, of San Antonio, Texas, and formerly of Carlisle, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

He died Thursday, July 10, 1997, in San Antonio.

Born in 1915 in Halsey, Ore., he was a son of the late Dr. Tracy and Rose Lunau Johnson.

During the Great Depression the future Gen. Johnson hitchhiked from Oregon to Washington, D.C., to convince a congressman to appoint him to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. 

He graduated from there as a second lieutenant in 1937 and eventually ended up in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II. He became a Japanese prisoner of war and was one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March. 

In December 1944 the Japanese evacuated POWs in three ships, two of which were bombed and sunk by U.S. planes. He was on the ship that was not sunk.

Three and a half years after he was taken prisoner, he was liberated by U.S. 7th Infantry Division in Inchon, Korea. Twenty years after that, Gen. Johnson commanded the U.S. 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

Gen. Johnson earned a master's in political science at Harvard University in June 1947.

One of his postings during the 1950s was at Carlisle Barracks, where he was first a student at the Army War College and then a member of the faculty.

Among his other career highlights was serving as commanding general of United States Army Forces South, headquartered in Panama, and as deputy commander of the 4th Army in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he arranged and carried out the funerals of former presidents Harry S Truman and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Following Gen. Johnson's retirement in 1973, he planned and erected the Cabanatuan POW Memorial at the original POW camp, honoring the Filipino and American comrades who had fought and perished during World War II.

He was an assistant professor, Department of Social Services at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. 

His military decorations include a Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Order Mil. Merity (Mexico), Order Service Merit (Republic of Korea), Order Merioto Militar (Brazil).

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Mary Elizabeth Johnson; a son, Army Reserve Major Peter Lee Chittenden Johnson of Pearland, Texas; a daughter, Anita Gowen of Austin, Texas; a stepson, Eugene Joseph von Wellsheim of Grand Junction, Colo; three granddaughters and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katharine Downs Johnson; a son, Tracy Keeler Truman Johnson; a sister and two brothers.

Burial will be in Post Cemetery, West Point, N.Y.

Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, National Commander James Flaitz, 1989 Sullivan Drive, Gotham Ala. 36303

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John A. Neff, 57, of 117 Walton St., Lemoyne, died Sunday, July 13, 1997 at home.

Born March 17, 1940 in West Fairview, he was a son of the late Edward and Helen (Newcomer) Neff.

Mr. Neff was a gradaute of the former West Shore High School and attended Bishop McDevitt High School and was a Navy veteran. He retired from Brakeman/Conrail, and was the previous owner operator of H. W. Miller Company and J&S Maintenance, both of New Cumberland.

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, New Cumberland, United Transportation Unit 1722, and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Grace B. Neff; three sons, John E. of New Cumberland, Michael R. of Mechanicsburg and Gregory S. of Dover; a daughter, Christina D. Sheaffer of Lemoyne; a brother, David of New Cumberland; two sisters, Helen Seiders of Urbana, Ill. and Bernadine Templeton of Camp Hill; and two grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at his church with the Rev. Lawrence Coakley officiating. Burial will be in Tri-County Memorial Gardens, Fairview Township.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Parthemore Funeral Home, 1303 Bridge St., New Cumberland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 266, Enola, 17025 or to American Cancer Society, Cumberland Unit 205, 117 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, 17013.

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Homer S. Richcreek Sr., 78, of 12 E. York St., Dillsburg, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, in his home.

Born June 25, 1919, in York County, he was a son of the late Jacob E. Richer and Ellen Mary Troup. He was the widower of May Elizabeth Bankes Richcreek.

Mr. Richcreek was a retired assembler from York International.

He attended Christ Mission Church of East Berlin and was a member of Franklintown Fire Company, York County Fire Police Association, Pennsylvania Association of Fire Police and United Auto Workers No. 1872.

Surviving are his companion, Sarah Moose; two sons, Leroy of York Haven and Jacob of Enola; one daughter, Mary Backenstoss of New Cumberland; one brother, Robert of Lewisberry; four sisters, Roberta Gettys of Virginia, Dorothy Ward and Sis Darbarrow, both of Mechanicsburg, and Daisy Knob of Carlisle; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Cocklin Funeral Home, 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg, with the Rev. Clarence Dupert, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Emanuel Cemetery, Fairview Township, Lewisberry.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Robert F. Strayer, 77, of 28 Circle Drive, Carlisle, died Sunday, July 13, 1997 in Sarah Todd Memorial Home, Carlisle.

Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, Carlisle, will announce arrangements when complete.

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Memorial services for Mervin M. Hoffman, 66, of 54 Main St., Mechanicsburg, will be held at the convenience of the family.

He died Sunday, July 13, 1997 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.

Mr. Hoffman was a retired clerk for IBM Corp. of Hampton Township and a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the Elks, Moose and White Circle lodges of Carlisle, the VFW of New Cumberland, American Legion Post No. 109, Mechanicsburg and the Mechanicsburg Club.

He was the widower of Shirl Johnson.

Surviving are his mother, Mildred V. Hoffman of Dillsburg; a daughter, Christine of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Ruth H. Stevenson of Dillsburg; a brother, Victor M. Jr. of Mechanicsburg; one uncle, John O. of Dillsburg; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Cumberland County Unit, 1500 N. Second St., Harrisburg, 17102.

The Cremation Society of Harrisburg, 4100 Jonestown Road, is handling the arrangements.

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Ruth Eleanor Lehr, 78, of Philadelphia, died Monday, July 14, 1997 in the Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia.

Mrs. Lehr was the widow of Christian Lehr Sr.

She was the admissions dupervisor at Frankford Hospital, Frankford Campus, Philadelphia for 25 years.

Her hobbies included reading, viewing television and doing crossword puzzles.

Surviving are three daughters, Judy Oczkowski of Philadelphia, Barbara Fletcher of Sinking Springs and Deborah Lehr of Philadelphia; and three sons, Christian Jr. of Carlisle, Thomas and Robert of Philadelphia.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in David G. Richardson Funeral Home, 7450 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia. Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery, 15th and Haines streets, Philadelphia.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 5185 Castor Ave., Philadelphia 19124.

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Services for Richard E. "Bud" Miller, 71, of 970 Green Spring Road, Newville, will be held at noon Thursday in Egger Funeral Home, 15 Big Spring Ave., Newville.

He died Sunday, July 13, 1997 at home.

Born June 1, 1926 in Hershey, he was a son of the late Elmer and Emma Reed Miller.

Mr. Miller, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, retired in 1989 from PennDOT, where he was employed as a truck driver.

He was a member of Green Spring First Church of God, the Newville American Legion and VFW posts, and Big Spring Fish and Game.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte M. Gutshall Miller; a son, Charles L. Gutshall of Carlisle; a daughter, Virginia E. Wert of Newville; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Nathan Walker will officiate at Thursday's service. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice, 243 Parker St., Carlisle 17013.

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Private services for George E. Snyder, 79, of North Fort Myers, Fla., will be held at the convenience of the family.

He died Saturday, July 12, 1997 in Forest Park Health Center, Carlisle.

Born Sept. 25, 1917 in Lees Crossroads, Cumberland County, he was a son of the late Samuel D. and Minnie Goodhart Snyder.

Mr. Snyder was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was retired from York International Corp.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth J. Cookson Snyder; two daughters, Sandra S. Gobrecht of Carlisle and Edwina B. Walsh of The Woodlands, Texas; three brothers, Charles A. and Samuel D. Jr., both of Littlestown, and K. Robert of Cape Coral, Fla.; five sisters, Mae Jacob of Carlisle, Gladys Spangler of Spring Grove, Martha Renner of Fairfield, Ann Crook and Dorothy Corcoran, both of Hanover.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Unit of Forest Park Health Center, 700 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle 17013.

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Services for retired Col. Robert F. Strayer Sr., 77, of 28 Circle Drive, Carlisle, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle.

He died Sunday, July 13, 1997 in Sarah Todd Memorial Home, 1000 W. South St., Carlisle.

Born Nov. 11, 1919 in Carlisle, he was a son of the late Charles B. and Elsie Fulton Strayer.

Mr. Strayer was a 1937 graduate of Carlisle High School and LaFayette College, Easton. He was employed in air traffic control at LaGuardia Airport.

During World War II, he instructed fighter pilots and served in Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following the war, he was in the Air Force Reserve and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as a fighter pilot and commander pilot at Middletown.

He was recalled to active duty during the Vietnam War to train EC121 aircraft pilots. He retired from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1971.

He was an executive of and test pilot for H.R.B. Singer of State College and was pilot to the governor of Pennsylvania in the 1950s. He was a former flight instructor at Carlisle Airport.

A former general manager of the Troy Laundry and Dry Cleaning Co. in Carlisle, he was a member of VFW Post No. 477 in Carlisle.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Daisy Wilson Strayer; three sons, Robert F. Jr. of Boiling Springs, Richard W. and Charles B. II, both of Carlisle; two sisters, Elizabeth Masland of Carlisle and Dorothy Thompson of Charlotteville, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Hardy, who died in 1994.

The Rev. Barton B. Leach will officiate at Thursday's service. Burial will be in Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery, Mt. Holly Springs.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Cumberland County Unit, 117 N. Hanover St., Carlisle 17013.

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Services for John W. Day, 92, formerly of Lincoln Street, Carlisle, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.

He died Sunday, July 13, 1997 in the Todd Nursing Home, Carlisle.

Born Dec. 12, 1904 in Carlisle, he was the son of the late George and Anna Day.

Mr. Day was retired from Carlisle Tire and Rubber Co., Carlisle.

Surviving are two nephews, the Rev. Glenroy E. Day Sr. of Temple Hills, Md. and Paul C. Day Jr. of Harrisburg; three nieces, Merina Day of Upper Marlboro, Md., Mary Campbell of Carlisle and Marilyn Robertson of Philadelphia; and several great nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Glenroy E. Day Sr., his nephew, will officiate at Thursday's service. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, West Pennsboro Township.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Todd Nursing Home, 1000 W. South St., Carlisle 17013.

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Services for Constance "Connie" M. Ewing, 53, of 65 Barren's Church Road, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 130 Nittany Drive, Mechanicsburg.

She died Monday, July 14, 1997 at her home.

Born June 13, 1944 in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Lucy Notaeri Migilore of Carlisle and the late Joseph Migliore.

Mrs. Ewing was a clerk for the registrar's office at Messiah College.

She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and the Pennsylvania Society of Farm Women, York Group No. 17.

Surviving, besides her mother, are her husband, Neil W. Ewing; a son, John of Dillsburg; a daughter, Kathy Zagoric of Dillsburg; and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Paul Jones will officiate at Saturday's services. Burial will be in St. Peter's Memorial Garden.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 117 N. Hanover St., Carlisle 17013.

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Hayes B. Johnson, 62, of 422 Fairground Ave., Carlisle, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in his home.

Born April 11, 1935 in Newville, he was the son of the late William and Florence Helman Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a retired forklift operator for Masland Industries with 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 1299 and American Legion Post 101, both of Carlisle.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Robson Johnson; two sons, Maynard Robson of Harrisburg and Kevin Robson of Carlisle; three sisters, Alice Weigle, Nancy Powell and Betty Garman, all of Carlisle; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, West Pennsboro Township.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 117 N. Hanover St., Carlisle 17013.

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Frances E. Leppard, 72, of 1113 Trindle Road, Carlisle, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in Carlisle Hospital.

Born April 9, 1925 in Hillside, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Anna Lordi Mazillo and the widow of Edward S. Leppard, who died in 1979.

Mrs. Leppard was formerly employed by the U.S. Government. She was a high school graduate in New Jersey and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Carlisle.

Surviving are a son, Dale J.J. Leppard of Mechanicsburg, a godson, and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Marsh Drive, Carlisle with the Rev. Leo Goodman III officiating. Burial will be in Longsdorf Cemetery, Silver Spring Township.

Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Suite 200, Wormleysburg 17043.

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Robert G. Nickel, 55, of 46 E. Penn St., Carlisle, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, will announce arrangements when complete.

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Harold E. Sheaffer, 93, formerly of 213 Market St., Newport, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in Perry Village Nursing Home, New Bloomfield.

Born Oct. 19, 1903 in Newport he was a son of the late William H. and Clara Myers Sheaffer and the widower of Florence Taylor Sheaffer.

Mr. Sheaffer was retired from the former Pennsylvania Railroad.

He was a member of the Incarnation United Church of Christ, the Social Order of Owls, the Order of Moose No. 1562, all of Newport, and Friends of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Strasburg.

Surviving are two sons, Robert E. of Mechanicsburg and William F. of Gardners; a daughter, Shirley F. Brookhart of Thompsontown; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Haines, and one grandchild.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at David M. Myers Funeral Home, Newport, with the Rev. Patricia Carque officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to his church, P.O. Box 68, Newport 17074.

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Services for John E. Swigert, 39, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and originally from Carlisle, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Jeffries and Keates Funeral Home, Tilton and Infield Avenue, Northfield, N.J.

He died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in his home.

Born in Carlisle, Mr. Swigert worked as a manager for Schiff Enterprises, Atlantic City.

He graduated from Carlisle High School and Stockton State College and served in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Linda K. Goff Swigert, a son, Alexander; a daughter, Amber; his mother, June Weller of Carlisle; and three sisters, Karla Roberts, Vonnie Chestnut and Debra Swigert, all of Carlisle.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Redeemer Hospice, 1801 Route 9, Swainton, N.J. 08210.

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Services for Betty Louise Barrick, 62, of 126 Darr Ave., Carlisle will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle.

She died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in Carlisle Hospital.

Born Jan. 18, 1935 in Perry County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Wilbur and Effie Irene Gamber Shearer.

A retired employee of G.S. Electric Co., Carlisle, Ms. Barrick was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, New Kingstown.

Surviving are three daughters, Pamela Sprecher of Shermans Dale, Wendy Beckman and Jodi Geiling, both of Carlisle; six sisters, Loretta Paulus of Newville, Dorothy Ritchie of Elizabethtown, Mary Paulus of Shermans Dale, Helen Casner of Plainfield, Ruth Barrick of Lake Butler, Fla. and Darlene Snyder of Carlisle; two brothers, Charles Shearer of Bridgeport, Conn. and James Shearer of Newville; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Joseph L. Kugle will officiate at Saturday's service. Burial will be in Waggoners United Methodist Church Cemetery, North Middleton Township.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 106, Harrisburg 17110 or Leukemia Society of America Inc., Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 289 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg 17109-9916.

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Bertie Derr, 96, of 35 Creek Road, Newville, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at Swaim Health Center, Newville.

Born Jan. 11, 1901 in Cumberland County, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Sadie Hippensteel March and the widow of Thomas J. Derr.

Mrs. Derr was a housewife and a member of the Church of the Brethren, Newville.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Lehman of Carlisle and Doris Fickes of Newville; a son, Thomas J. Jr. of Carlisle; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Egger Funeral Home, 15 Big Spring Ave., Newville with the Rev. Harold Yeager officiating. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the building fund at The Church of the Brethren of Newville, care of Lynn Zeigler, 489 Doubling Gap Road, Newville 17241. 

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Phyllis C. Gebhard Hamburg, 80, of Cumberland Crossings Retirement Center, South Middleton Township, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997, in the center.

Born Dec. 14, 1916, in Newport News, Va., she was a daughter of the late William J. and Edna Jeffries Gebhard. She was the widow of Russell H. Hamburg, who died in 1993.

A 1937 graduate of Carlisle High School, Mrs. Hamburg was a retired dental assistant for Dunham Hospital, Carlisle Barracks.

Surviving are her son, William S. Fairall of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, James B. Gebhard of Carlisle; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda P. Greer, who died in 1989.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with the Rev. James D. Link officiating. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, North Middleton Township.

Friends may call from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Cumberland Crossings Retirement Center, 1 Longsdorf Way, Carlisle 17013.

Memorial services for Mervin M. Hoffman, 66, of 54 Main St., Mechanicsburg, who died Sunday, July 13, 1997, will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, Filey's Parish, 15 S. Filey's Road, Dillsburg.

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Services for Robert G. Nickle, 55, of 46 E. Penn St., Carlisle will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle.

He died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Carlisle.

Born Jan. 25, 1942 in Newville, he was a son of the late Murray L. and Mary K. Brownawell Nickle.

Mr. Nickle was an employee of the MJ Mall, Carlisle. He was a Methodist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are two daughters, Suzette Varner of Newville and Suzanna of Carlisle; two sisters, Lauretta Russell of Carlisle and Marlene K. Laughman of Newville; four brothers, Donald L., Buddy R., Edd F., all of Carlisle and Howard M. of Plant City, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jo Nickle.

Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Dorothy Mixell Rowe, 86, of 80 Parker Road, Newville, died Wednesday, July 16, 1997 in Forest Park Nursing Home, Carlisle.

Born April 1, 1911, she was a daughter of the late William Paxton and Eva Dougherty Mixell and the widow of Arthur Zane Rowe.

Mrs. Rowe was a housewife and a member of Assembly of God, Newville.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Lowry of York, Mary Jones of Newville and Ruth Daihl of Newville; three sons, Paul of Gardners, Ray and Donald, both of Newville; a sister, Bernita Markley of Carlisle; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Egger Funeral Home, 15 Big Spring Road, Newville with the Rev. Jeffery Ketting officiating. Burial will be in Newville Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Ruth I. Barbour, 78, of 200 Mill St., Mt. Holly Springs, died Thursday, July 17, 1997 at home.

Gibson-Hollinger Funeral Home, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, will announce arrangements when complete.

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Services and burial with full police and military honors for Michael Donahoe, 73, of 301 Clemens Drive, Dillsburg, will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

He died Tuesday, July 15, 1997 in the Sarah Todd Home, Carlisle.

Born Oct. 12, 1923 in Monessen, he was a son of the late Thomas and Anna Mannelly Donahoe.

Mr. Donahoe was a retired major with the Pennsylvania State Police and served as director of community affairs. He was with the state police from 1946 to 1983 and also was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth A. Wylie Donahoe; two sons, Michael J. of Gardners and Jeffrey M. of York Springs; a daughter, Patricia A. Nixon of Lexington Ky.; a sister, Bridget Dzyak of Monessen; and two grandchildren.

Monsignor Leo N. Bierster will officiate at funeral services. There will be no viewing or visitation.

Cocklin Funeral Home, 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of South Central Pennsylvania, 600 N. 12th St., Suite 5, Lemoyne 17043.

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Services for Harry E. Hair, 78, of 245 Windy Hill Road, Shermans Dale, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, 935 Windy Hill Road, Shermans Dale.

He died Wednesday, July 16, 1997, the date of his 55th wedding anniversary, in Carlisle Hospital.

Born Dec. 1, 1918 in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Harry II and Grace I. Shatto Hair.

Mr. Hair was a retired employee of M.L. Haldeman & Son, Hershey. He was a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church and Carpenters Local No. 287, Harrisburg.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie Liddick Hair; seven sons, Ronald H. of Liverpool, Richard S., Barry L., Kenneth R. and Randy W., all of Shermans Dale, Dennis E. and Michael D., both of Carlisle; three daughters, R. Jane Zeigler of Shermans Dale, Patti L. Johnson of Boiling Springs and Wendy L. Meneses of Carlisle; two sisters, Evelyn Rheam of Shermans Dale and Betty Rumbaugh of Enola; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Peter Beddia and the Rev. Joseph Kugle will officiate at Saturday's service. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Shermans Dale.

Friends may call from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the church.

Arrangements are being handled by Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon.

Memorial contributions can be made to his church.

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Services for Ruth G. Wharton, 98, of Chapel Point, 770 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, will be held in Wilmington, Del. at the convenience of the family.

She died Wednesday, July 16, 1997 in Carlisle Hospital.

She was born Feb. 7, 1899 in Wilmington, Del.

Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the local arrangements.


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