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Obituaries

January 28, 1998

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Thursday, January 29, 1998 Edition

Robert K. Crook

LEMASTERS, Pa. - Robert K. Crook, 56, of 4937 Steele Ave., died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, at his home.

Born May 30, 1941, in Gastonia, N.C., he was the son of the Mabel Conner Crook of Gastonia and the late William Crook.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley J. Poe Crook, in 1992.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served for 12 years with two tours in Vietnam.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Ira L. Crook of Chambersburg, Pa., and Max Q. Crook of Greencastle, Pa.; and two granddaughters.

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Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas, Pa.

Arrangements are by Miller-Grove Funeral Home, Greencastle.

Kenneth E. Diffenderfer

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Kenneth E. Diffenderfer, 58, of 6181 Charlestown Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at his home.

Born July 13, 1939, in Mercersburg, he was the son of Elsie Diffenderfer Sword of Mercersburg and stepson of the late Roy F. Sword.

He formerly was employed by H.J. Heinz of Chambersburg, Pa., and Kimbob Construction Co., Harrisburg, Pa.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Karen Keefer of South Mountain, Pa.; one sister, Shirley Eutzy of Mercersburg; two brothers, Harold L. Sword of St. Thomas, Pa., and Cheryl D. Sword of Fort Loudon, Pa.; one granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clayton Memorial Church of God, Charlestown Road, Mercersburg. The Rev. Kelly Shope will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Lemasters, Pa.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, 47 N. Park Ave., Mercersburg.

Amy I. Knode

WILLIAMSPORT - Amy Irene Knode, 88, formerly of 440 S. Artizan St., died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at Williamsport Nursing Home.

Born April 26, 1909, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Carlton C. and Anna Elizabeth Metcalf Mentzer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Harry Knode, in 1959.

She was employed with Eyerly's Department Store, Hagerstown; Turner's Southside Bowl; and later with Washington County Board of Education.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Williamsport.

She was a member of AARP; and a former member of Ruth Rebeccas Lodge of the IOOF.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Lou Holtzman of Sharpsburg and Sandra Kay Knode of Williamsport; four sons, Harry Eugene Knode of Williamsport, Thomas Mentzer Knode of Clear Spring, Gary Leo Knode of Shippensburg, Pa., and David Harry Knode II of Hagerstown; twin sister, Mamie Martin of Maugansville; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by six sisters, May Rickard, Lula Grove, Frances Watson, Ruth James, Catherine Smith and Grace Teach; and two brothers, Lester Mentzer and Carlton Mentzer.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 W. Potomac St., Williamsport. The Rev. W. Gregory Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport.

Friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The funeral home will be open Friday after 9 a.m. for the convenience of family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 37 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, Md. 21795.

Clyde A. Barnes

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Clyde A. Barnes, 90, of Coral Ridge Road, and Piney Mountain Continuing Care Retirement Community, Fayetteville, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at Waynesboro Hospital, Waynesboro, Pa.

Born May 8, 1907, in South Mountain, he was the son of the late William and Ellen Naugle Barnes.

Early in his life, he was employed as a carpenter and mason and worked on construction of buildings at South Mountain Restoration Center in the 1930s.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He is survived by three daughters, Della E. Kipiel of Fayetteville, Eva D. Wagaman of South Mountain; and Verna Y. Sloat of Biglerville; one son, Donald A. Barnes of South Mountain; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Anna Mae V. Baker; one son, Harold W. Barnes; one granddaughter, Melissa Kipiel; five sisters, Rosetta Kepner, Ida Carbaugh, Susie Staley, Fannie Franklin and Carrie Baker; and four brothers, Harry Barnes, Jess Barnes, Edward Barnes and James Barnes.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa. The Rev. Mervil Stambaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Strang's Cemetery, South Mountain.

The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Dorothy W. Henson

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