Obituaries for 6/2

June 02, 2003

Lawrence H. Witmer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Lawrence H. "Larry" Witmer, 64, of 11599 Bemisderfer Road, died Friday, May 30, 2003, at the home of his son, Larry Witmer.

Born May 6, 1939, in Antrim Township, Pa., he was the son of Thelma M. Lindsay Witmer of Greencastle and the late Franklin L. Witmer.

He was a 1957 graduate of James Buchanan High School.

He was a self-employed house painter.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a Protestant.

He was a member of Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 in Waynesboro, Pa.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ruby Miller Witmer, whom he married Sept. 9, 1961; one daughter, Regina M. Hann of State Line, Pa.; two sons, Larry E. Witmer and Terry L. Witmer, both of Greencastle; three sisters, Mary C. Tosten and Helen L. Timmons, both of Greencastle, and Linda I. Keefer of Mercersburg, Pa.; two brothers, Donald G. Witmer of Greencastle, and Harold L. Witmer of Fort St. John's, British Columbia; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard L. Witmer and Emmert F. Witmer; and one granddaughter.

Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle. The Rev. Duane Hawbaker and the Rev. Dennis Witmer will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle.

George W. Fisher

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - George W. Fisher, 81, a resident of Menno Haven, and formerly of 6634 Sixth Ave. West in Sebring, Fla., died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Menno Haven.

Born March 30, 1922, in Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles J. and Ida M. Ross Fisher.

His first wife, Anna M. Fisher, died May 3, 1987.

He retired in 1969 from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, where he was an S-10 automotive machinist foreman.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Scotland (Pa.) United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Disabled American Veterans; Oscar-Hykes American Legion Post 223 in Shippensburg, Pa.; and VFW in Sebring.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia E. Eland Fisher, whom he married Aug. 10, 1992; one sister, Ruth Stewart of Chambersburg; six brothers, Carl L. Fisher of Fayetteville, Pa., and Charles R. Fisher, Raymond R. Fisher, Jack Fisher, Joseph Fisher and Jay Fisher, all of Chambersburg; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Fisher.

Public graveside services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg, where military services will be conducted by members of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard. The Rev. Ronald L. Cook will officiate.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Scotland United Methodist Church, 4040 Main St., Scotland, PA 17254.

Samuel F. Starleper

JONESTOWN, Pa. - Samuel F. "Shorty" Starleper, 70, of 860 Ono Road, died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pa.

Born Aug. 18, 1932, in Sharpsburg, he was the son of the late David and Margaret Hebb Starleper.

His wife, Joy I. Arbuckle Starleper, preceded him in death.

He retired from H.B. McClure in Harrisburg, Pa.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and was a helicopter mechanic in the Army National Guard.

He was a member of Ono United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy J. Derflinger of Keedysville, and Jill A. Ditzler of Jonestown; one son, Scott F. Starleper of Lebanon; one sister, Frances Norris of Sharpsburg; one brother, Wesley Starleper of Hagerstown; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, David Starleper, James Starleper and Robert Starleper.

Services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Strauss-Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home, Jonestown. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1263, Lebanon, PA 17042.

Vivian M. Stoops

MARTINSBURG, Pa. - Vivian Mae Stoops, 60, of 102-1 Blattenberger St., and formerly of Pond Bank, Pa., died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Bon Secours Holy Family Regional Hospital in Altoona, Pa.

Born March 23, 1943, in Chambersburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Orville L. and Reba E. Bumbaugh Stoops.

She attended Chambersburg schools.

She had been employed with Musselman's in Biglerville, Pa.

She attended Pleasant Valley Assembly of God Church in Altoona.

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