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Obituaries for 2/17

February 17, 2003

Hays U. Baker


Due to inclement weather, the services for Hays U. Baker scheduled for Tuesday will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.




John R. Devlin


BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - John Robert "Jack" Devlin, 76, of Monterey Circle, died of cancer Friday, Feb. 14, 2003.

Born March 1, 1926, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late James and Julia Devlin.

He received his bachelor's degree in physics in 1951 and his master's degree in education in 1955, both from Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

From 1955 to 1960 he taught math and science at Bennett High School, Buffalo. He worked as an engineer for Grumann Aircraft Co., Long Island, N.Y., on the Apollo Mission's Lunar Entry Module (LEM) project. He went to work for Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, Pa., in 1966, and worked for the company for 21 years.

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He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Saint Rita's Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit, taught religious education, served on committees and was an eucharistic minister.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Brute Council of Emmitsburg, Md., the Waynesboro YMCA and Landis Tool Co. Foreman's Club.

He competed in the Pennsylvania Senior Olympics and won medals in racquetball and badminton.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Fell Devlin; three daughters, Mary D. Sobel of Larchmont, N.Y., Colleen D. Rosenthal of San Francisco, and Maureen D. McCabe of Lincoln, Mass.; four sons, John Devlin of Bronxville, N.Y., Paul Devlin of Millersville, Md., James Devlin of Coudersport, Pa., and Patrick Devlin of Falls Church, Va.; and 19 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine G. Murphy; and three brothers, James Devlin, Edward Devlin and William Devlin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Saint Rita's Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit. The Revs. Michael Messaro and Sigfrid Trouche will be celebrants. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Fairfield, Pa.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd of Franklin County, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or to Saint Rita's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 365, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.




Paul R. Foust


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Paul R. Foust, 90, a resident of Penn Hall, and formerly of 174 Orchard Circle, Greencastle, Pa., died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at the home.

Born Dec. 18, 1912, in Franklin Co., Pa., he was the son of the late Jacob E. and Lizzie M. Foust.

His wife of 59 years, Elizabeth G. Gordon Foust, died Jan. 6, 1998.

He was a 1930 graduate of Greencastle High School.

He owned and operated The Men's Shop in Greencastle. He began working as a teller at First National Bank of Greencastle in 1943 and retired in 1977 as executive vice president.

He served on the banks board of directors until December 1987, then assisted as an advisor to the board of associates. In June 1993, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Bankers Association 50-Year Club.

He was a member of Greencastle Church of the Brethren, Berean Bible Class, held offices and served as church choir director for 34 years.

He was a member and past president of Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 of Greencastle and held various offices. He served with Greencastle Fire Police and was a captain, recording secretary, vice president, and trustee. He participated in the Greencastle Minstrel Shows, singing with the Quartet and in the chorus.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Greencastle, serving as secretary for 22 years, and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was vice president of Old Home Week Association, and served as president in 1944 and 1977.

He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Lodge 443 Free and Accepted Masons of Greencastle; Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Shrine; South Penn Scottish Rite Club; Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association; Franklin-Fulton Counties Firemen's Association; Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373, Greencastle, and served on the Board of Directors of Cedar Hill Cemetery Association.

He was a member of Greencastle Sportsman's Association and Shady Grove Hunting Camp, Huntingdon County. He was secretary of the Greencastle-Antrim Foundation, which raised money to build the John L. Grove Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gordon P. Foust.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Greencastle Church of the Brethren. The Revs. Kenneth Gibble and Ray M. Geigley will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

The family will receive friends Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, PA 17225.

Arrangements are by Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, Greencastle.




Linda D. Highsmith


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