June 22, 1999

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Baltzer A. DeShong

NEEDMORE, Pa. - Baltzer A. DeShong, 82, of Needmore, died Monday, June 21, 1999, at the Veteran's Affairs Nursing Home Care Unit in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born July 7, 1916, in Needmore, he was the son of the late Norman B. and Rose I. Mellott DeShong.

He was a school bus contractor for Southern Fulton for 18 years. He was a Belfast Township supervisor for 16 years. He was last employed as an owner/operator truck driver at Union Equipment Inc.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a Protestant.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Hixson DeShong, whom he married June 1, 1958; a daughter, Sheila Swope of Warfordsburg, Pa.; and a granddaughter, Brandy Swope.


He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest DeShong and Lloyd DeShong.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Needmore Bible Church, Needmore. Pastor Doug Poffenberger will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Christian Cemetery, Warfordsburg, Pa., with military honors by Fulton Honor Guard.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are by Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Pa.

Richard B. Dell

SHADE GAP, Pa. - Richard B. Bell, 72, of Shade Gap, died Monday, June 21, 1999, at J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, Pa.

Born Nov. 17, 1926, in Mapleton Depot, Pa., he was the son of the late A. Clinton and Froan Bair Dell.

He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., after 37 years.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Shade Gap.

He was a member of Shade Gap Area Lions Club; Cromwell Lodge No. 572, F & AM, Orbisonia, Pa.; and Madden-Wennick Post No. 518, American Legion, Rockhill Furnace, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred M. Parsons, whom he married July 20, 1952; five children, Connie Long of Mount Nebo, W.Va., Larry Dell, James Dell and Cindy Book, all of Shippensburg, Pa,. and Jo Struchen of Three Springs, Pa.; sisters and brothers, Frank Dell of Martinsburg, W.Va., Margaret Miller of Three Springs, Patricia Snyder of Etters, Pa., and Barbara Frehn of Maddensville, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Shade Gap. The Rev. Virginia Eminhizer will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Blairs Mills, Pa.

Friends may call Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, where Cromwell Lodge will conduct a masonic memorial service at noon.

Arrangements are by Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia.

Cody R. Thomas

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Cody R. Thomas, 11, of 10370 Knob Road, died Sunday, June 20, 1999, at his home. He suffered from Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis since birth.

Born July 5, 1987, in Chambersburg, Pa., he was the son of E. Mark Kinzer Jr. and Cindy Smith Kinzer of Mercersburg.

He attended Franklin Learning Center of Chambersburg.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Krystal B. Kinzer and a brother, E. Mark Kinzer III, both of Mercersburg; paternal grandmother, Dianne L. Winegard of Hanover, Pa.; paternal grandfather, E. Mark Kinzer Sr. of Chicina, Ala.; maternal great-grandmother, Theda Hartman of Smithsburg; paternal great-grandmother, Gloria L. Grimes of Westminster, Md.; paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Ruth May Kinzer of Westminster.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg. The Rev. Paul W. Moore will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to Franklin Learning Center, c/o Diane Richardson's Room, 2397 Loop Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg.

John E. Skuce

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - John Everly "Jack" Skuce, 69, of Shepherdstown, died Monday, June 21, 1999, at his home.

Born June 28, 1929, in Morgantown, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas Wesley and Florence Onalee Smith Skuce.

He was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church.

A New Dealer and conservationist, he was a special envoy of President Roosevelt in China.

He attended Nanking University in Nanking, China, in 1948. He finished his undergraduate studies in political science at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt. He did graduate work at the London School of Economics in 1956.

He was director of research and a reporter for the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., from 1953 to 1968. He became program officer, Division of Public Service, for the Smithsonian Institution in 1969; and was national affairs officer for the Drug Abuse Council from 1972 to 1976. Active in Democratic politics, he produced 179 cultural events and organized the prayer breakfast for President Jimmy Carter's 1976 Inaugural.

He was a senior associate of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1977-1981.

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