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December 09, 1998

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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Edition

Clarence R. Stair

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Clarence R. "Jim" Stair, 92, of Gettysburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at Lutheran Retirement Village of Gettysburg.

Born Sept. 23, 1906, in Adams County, Pa., he was the son of the late James and Susan Topper Stair.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Gebhart Stair, in 1995.

He had been employed by Keystone Cabinet Co. of Littlestown, Pa.

He was a member of Littlestown Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He is survived by four daughters, Charlotte Colehouse of Hanover, Pa., Shirley Miller of Chambersburg, Pa., Patricia Koontz of Spring Hill, Kan., and Eva Slayman of Salley, S.C.; two sons, Clyde Stair of Greencastle, Pa., and Richard Stair of Highland Falls, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Louella Cape of Gettysburg; three stepsons, Edward Gebhart of Winchester, Va., and Donald Gebhart and Kenneth Gebhart, both of Gettysburg; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.


Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Little's Funeral Home, Littlestown. The Rev. W.C. Karns will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Gettysburg.

The viewing will be Saturday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village, 1075 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Harry L. Rankin Sr.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Harry Lee Rankin Sr., 86, of Shenandoah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at the rehabilitation center.

Born March 12, 1912, in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Ada Bell Rankin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Blanche Getts Rankin, in 1995.

He retired after many years as a self-employed farmer in Jefferson County, W.Va.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by four daughters, Mary Ann Spinks of Charles Town, Anna Mae Carter of Woodbridge, Va., Barbara Carper of Ranson, W.Va., and Linda Gates of Kearneysville, W.Va.; three sons, Melvin Rankin of Summit Point, W.Va., George Rankin of Winchester, Va., and Carl Lee Rankin of Rippon, W.Va.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harry Lee Rankin Jr., in 1984; two sisters, Virgie Howell and Rosie Howell; and three brothers, Pete, Charles and Joseph Rankin.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. The Rev. James Chambly will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, Va.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Charles L. Diller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Charles L. Diller, 69, of 10899 Fish and Game Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at ManorCare Health Services in Chambersburg, Pa.

Born July 17, 1929, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Eugene and Pearl Hade Diller.

He attended Quincy, Pa., schools.

He was employed as a crane operator at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

He was a Washington Township supervisor for 6 years.

He was a member of Acacia Lodge 586 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Consistory in Harrisburg, Pa., Joe Stickle American Legion Post 15, South Waynesboro Chapter AARP, National AARP and Waynesboro Coin Club, where he was a past president.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, C. Irene Hoover Diller; one half brother, Robert Erford of Chambersburg; and nieces and nephews.

Services and burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Arrangements are by Lochstampfor Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Olive P. Gouker

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Olive P. Moats Gouker, 75, of 549 Maple St., died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born Dec. 4, 1923, in Waynesboro, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Lillie G. Rock Moats.

She was employed at Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro. Prior to retiring in 1985, she was employed at Waynesboro Hospital in the laundry department.

She served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

She was a member of Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, Waynesboro; and Helping Hands Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Gouker, whom she married Dec. 5, 1949; three brothers, Meeris R. Moats and Robert E. Moats, both of Waynesboro, and Harold Moats of York, Pa.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Martha Green, Hilda Diffenderfer, Gladys Cook and Grace Foster; and a brother, Melvin Moats.

Service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro. Pastor Michael V. Newman and Pastor K. Allan Mummert will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

James W. Wise

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