John A. DeBross, age 74, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at home on Friday, December 7, 2018. Born May 29, 1944, in Phillipsburg, PA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Matilda Zwiener DeBross. A 1962 graduate of Phillipsburg High School, John went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy and graduate from technical school with his Associate’s Degree. John worked in communications at Letterkenny Army Depot and CECOM United Defense. He enjoyed hunting, golf, bowling, watching John Wayne Westerns, Cowboy Movies, Steeler Football, helping others, and tinkering; John was well versed at taking a 20 minute job and turning it into an hours’ worth of work. Surviving are two sons, Shawn P. DeBross (wife Billie Jo) of Chambersburg, PA and Timothy J. DeBross of Chambersburg, PA and two grandchildren, Shawn DeBross, Jr. and Lindsy DeBross, both of Chambersburg, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary R. DeBross in 2015. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 11 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Deacon Richard Ramsey will celebrate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Private interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport, PA. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Robert John (Bob) Kessler passed away at home on December 5, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Holland Patent, New York on July 24, 1943, Bob was born into a proud farming family and continued that love of farming and agriculture throughout his entire life. It was that love of agriculture that led him to earn degrees from The State University of New York, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland and fueled his lifelong involvement as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Zeta Chapter. That same passion then brought him to Pennsylvania where he worked as an Extension Agent with The Pennsylvania State University for more than 40 years. Bob began his career as the Franklin County Dairy Agent in 1969 and in 1972 he became one of the first full-time 4-H agents in Pennsylvania. Over his years as an Extension Agent, Bob helped to establish the Pennsylvania Association of Extension 4-H Agents and served as its first president. He was also the first PAE4-HA member to be elected as a national officer and was recognized over the years with the Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. Bob helped to implement the Master Gardener Program in Franklin County, the Ag Learning Center, the 4-H Seeing Eye Program and his greatest joy, the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, just to name a few. In October 2017, Bob’s life’s work as an Extension Agent culminated with his induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in Chevy Chase, MD. Bob also proudly served his community as a member, Sunday school teacher, and Superintendent at St. Paul United Methodist Church; as a member of the Chambersburg Kiwanis Club, a Key Club Liaison for students, and as an Adopt-a-Highway Chairperson. He also served on both the Penn State Mont Alto Campus Advisory Board and Franklin County Fair Board for many years. Bob and his wife Carol were married for 53 years and had five beautiful children. They met while both were attending State University of New York in Delhi, NY and she’s been by his side ever since. Bob and Carol built a wonderful life together over the past 49 years in Chambersburg where they dedicated their lives to service to others and raised their family. Always giving his time selflessly and putting others first, Bob’s dedication to youth and education were unparalleled and defined everything he did throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Carol (Seaman) Kessler; daughter Collene Kessler and her fiancé Richard Shover of Winter Springs, FL; daughter Denise Fox and her husband Matthew of Fort Leavenworth, KS; son Travis Kessler and his wife Melanie of Shippensburg, PA; and son Devin Kessler and his wife Danielle of Chambersburg, PA. Bob is also survived by his siblings Sandra Maikranz and her husband Paul of Holland Patent, NY, David Kessler and his wife Mary of Owings Mills, MD and Linda Boucheron and her husband Steve of Rome, NY, and by his grandchildren Allison Hope and her husband Brandon, Katelynn Miller, Justin and Delaney Rowland, Tyler and Braedon Fox, Kai Kessler, and Carter and Spencer Kessler. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Helen (Stanulevich) Kessler of Rome, NY and his son, Robert (BJ) Kessler, Jr. A memorial service and visitation will be held at 12 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd. Chambersburg, PA. Chaplain Ed Rabenstein will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 AM – 12 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center at www.giveto.psu.edu/FCTRC Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Leroy Horst Ebersole, 93, of Chambersburg, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born December 1, 1925 in Chambersburg, he was a son of the late Amos and Anna Horst Ebersole. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Grace Wenger Ebersole. Leroy was employed for 37 years with Sollengberger Silos until his retirement. He was a member of Chambersburg Mennonite Church. He is survived by five children, Esther Norris and husband Ben of VA, Mirriam Morrow and husband Mike of LA, Sharon Okoniewski and husband Dennis of VA, Marlin Ebersole and wife Diane of Chambersburg, and Dorcas Ebersole of Fayetteville; grandchildren; and great grandchildren. Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.
Melinda Sue Long, age 54, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, December 3, 2018. Born November 14, 1964, in Chambersburg, PA, she was the daughter of Paul J. Long and Judy Garner Fortner. Melinda was a 1982 graduate of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. She worked in various capacities in the food industry, most recently at Giant Foods. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, drawing, arts, and crafts and sports. Surviving are two children, Toby P. Celestino (Azure) of Chambersburg, PA and Nicole R. Barr (Tyler) of Chambersburg, PA; six grandchildren, Alexia, Taliyah, Jacoby, Palmer, Oakley, and number six on the way; three siblings, Bonnie Long (Jim) of Chambersburg, PA, Paula Hunt (fiancé Beau) of Chambersburg, PA, James Long (Chrystal) of Shippensburg, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 2:30 PM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation center, 333 Falling Spring Rd. Chambersburg, PA where Pastor Phil Foster will officiate. The family will receive friends in the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Ralph A. Peters, Jr., 85, of Scotland, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Born June 29, 1933 in Chambersburg, he was a son of the late Ralph A. Peters, Sr. and Vera Perry Huff. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Ralph served honorably during the Korean War. He was employed as a foundry foreman with T.B. Woods for 36 years and later as a security guard for the Scotland School for Veterans Children for 16 years until his retirement. Ralph enjoyed competitive archery, hunting and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna V. Zimmerman Peters; two children, Ralph A. Peters III and wife Harriett of Chambersburg, and Suzanne Foley and husband Larry of Scotland; four grandchildren, Sherri, Stephanie, Nicole and Chase; eight great grandchildren; and two siblings Joann Carbaugh of Fayetteville and Dennis Peters of Woodland Park, CO; in addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Steven B. Peters in December of 2001. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 7, 2018, in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Dr. Meagan M. Boozer will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted by members of The VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard.