Homer D. Johnson, 79, of Spring Run, PA, passed away Wednesday morning, April 18, 2018 at Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg. Born January 7, 1939 in Spring Run, he was a son of the late Myrl and Thelma Snyder Johnson. Mr. Johnson had been employed at Domestic Pump Company, Inc. in Shippensburg and then from 1966-1970 he and his wife owned and operated H.D. Johnson Gulf Oil Products. He retired in 1999 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where he worked as an equipment operator. He was known and trusted by the many families of Path Valley who relied on him for 28 years to clear the snow from the Timmons mountain. He attended Blue Mountain Assembly of God. Mr. Johnson enjoyed farming, salmon fishing in Michigan, and loved Country and Southern Gospel music. At one time he had been active with the Amberson Community Center. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Regi Johnson, whom he married June 6, 1959; his daughter, Marcia Johnson Reinhart (John) of Chambersburg; two sons, H. Daniel Johnson (Joyce) of Chambersburg and Douglas E. Johnson (Christine) of Spring Run; five grandchildren, Ryan, Ashley, Cameron, Amber, and Erica; and two great-grandchildren, Sierra and Alicha. He is also survived by seven siblings, Bill Johnson (Rose), Kay Criswell (late Dick), Wayne Johnson, (Bonnie), Faye George (late Ronald), Alma Burdge (Edsel), Diane Masters (Tom), and Avis Black (Wade); and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Luther, Irvin, and David Johnson, Mary Jane Long, and Lucy Swanger. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to The Daisy Fund, PO Box 409, Shippensburg, PA 17257.
Lee Edward Martin, 78, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away April 18, 2018 at Menno Haven in Chambersburg. He was born November 15, 1939 to the late Raymond and Mabel Martin. Lee was a building contractor in the Hagerstown area and after retiring from construction became a turkey farmer in Greencastle, PA. Throughout his life and in his retirement he found great joy in combining his expertise of building and organizational skills in volunteering his time as a unit leader with Mennonite Disaster Service. He worked at re-building homes in many different states where natural disasters had destroyed properties. In more recent years he, along with his wife, volunteered and organized winter maintenance projects at Camp Gilead in Polk City, FL. Lee was also instrumental in the formation of Shalom Christian Academy. He served on the Board of Directors and participated in the building process of the school. Lee loved to camp, and served on the Board at Cove Valley Christian Youth Camp. He enjoyed volunteering at BookSavers in Hagerstown, and was also a lifetime member of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of Northside Mennonite Church, Hagerstown, MD. Lee is survived by his wife, Mary Lois (Lehman) Martin, whom he married October 10, 1959; his children, Raedella (Dean) Martin of McConnellsburg, PA, Elton (Mary Beth) Martin of Hagerstown, MD, Icilda (Gary) Nelson of Huntersville, NC, Laundell (Heather) Martin of Greencastle, PA, and Ardell (Michele) Martin of Marion, PA; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Merle Martin, Larry Martin, Duane Martin, Ruth Eby, and Alice Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Wendell Martin and a brother, Nevin Martin. A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 PM at Salem Ridge Community Church, 441 Pensinger Road, Greencastle, PA. A memorial service will then follow at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.
Gloria Ann Petra, 84, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 15, 2018, with her family by her side. Born March 14, 1934, in Jersey City, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Pauline Benson O’Brien. Mrs. Petra worked as a High School Registrar at Paramus High School in New Jersey for 25 years, retiring in 1998. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, reading, painting, and was famous for her Chocolate Chip Cookies. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Surviving are two children, Sheryl Petra of Manchester, NH and Donald Petra of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Rebecca Petra McGregor (husband, Shane) of Lutz, FL; two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Julia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Petra in 2012; and a sister, Eileen Fisher. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, where the Rev. Lester F. Stine will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Chris and Kelly’s Hope Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation of Greenville, 630 E. Washington St., Suite A, Greenville, SC 29601.
Ruth L. Meyers Hawbaker, 97, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2018 at The Shook Home. Born January 30, 1921 in Guilford Township, she was a daughter of the late Daniel E. and Susan Lesher Stouffer. Mrs. Hawbaker was a 1938 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School. A homemaker most of her life, she also assisted on the family farm. She was an active member of the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren. She had at one time been active with the New Franklin Ruritan and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and gardening. Her first husband, Lester W. Meyers, preceded her in death on January 29, 1991 and her second husband, Aden L. Hawbaker, preceded her in death on July 28, 1996. She is survived by her son, Alvin E. Meyers and wife Diana of Chambersburg; two step-sons, Donald H. Hawbaker of Florida and Carl Hawbaker and wife Janet of St. Thomas; two grandchildren, Rodney Meyers and wife Lisa and Beverly Sease and husband Robert, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Derek Meyers and Brennan Sease; and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Faye Heckman of Chambersburg; and two brothers, Ralph Stouffer of Martinsburg, PA and Paul Stouffer of Nashville, TN. In addition to her parents and spouses, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Witter and Mary Knepper; and six brothers, Arthur, Carl, Luther, John, Charles, and Glenn. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 South Fourth Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Pastor Joel Nogle will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until services begin at 11:30 AM Friday at the church. Private interment will be in Meyers Cemetery near Welsh Run. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Chambersburg Church of the Brethren at the above address.
David F. Wells age 83, of Fayetteville, PA, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Born November 26, 1934, in Galesburg, IL, he was a son of the late Mason Billard and Evelyn Leone Freda Wells. Mr. Wells graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY. He retired in 1995 after a 30+year career with AT&T. Mr. Wells was an avid golfer and traveler well into his 70’s and an avid bridge player to the end. Surviving is his wife of 10 years, Susan S. Pape, whom he married in 2008; four sons, Jeff Wells (wife Carol) of Timonium, MD, Scott Wells (wife Patty) of Greensboro, NC, Mark Wells of Westminster, MD, and Brian Wells (wife Denese) of Severna Park, MD; eight grandchildren, Kyle Wells, Cara Gallagher (husband Michael), Alison Martin (husband Jacob), Abbey White, (husband Malcolm), Zachary, Michael, Connor, and Courtney Wells; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn G. Baumer Wells in 2002. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 2 – 5 PM at the Penn National Trellis Terrace, Fayetteville, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.