Obituaries for 6/3

June 04, 2004

Robert W. Rhone Sr.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Robert W. "Bob" Rhone Sr., 68, of 3210 Landfill Road, Chambersburg, Pa., died at 3:10 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at his home. He was in failing health for the past several years with respiratory failure from asbestosis and became critically ill two months ago.

Born November 7, 1935, in Pond Bank, Pa., he was the son of the late Lester S. Sr. and Mildred B.L. Hardsock Rhone. He resided in Pond Bank, South Mountain and Mont Alto.

Mr. Rhone attended school in Chambersburg and received his GED from Waynesboro School District in May 1992.

He and his wife of more than 50 years, Mrs. Gladys Marie Butler Rhone, were married October 31, 1953, in Hagerstown, Md. They moved to their present residence in 1982.


Mr. Rhone served in the United States Army during peacetime.

He was employed as a mechanic for Motor Service Center, then Brake Pontiac and Cadillac and prior to retiring in 1991, for Mack Trucks in Hagerstown. Following retirement, he became self-employed as an inspection mechanic at L.C.J. Auto in Fayetteville, Pa.

Mr. Rhone was an active musician for the past 35 years, playing electric bass guitar and pedal steel guitar. He participated in various charitable functions, such as MDA Run, Thunder for Children, and Child Abuse Prevention. He also enjoyed fishing, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a dedicated father and a generous man, always willing to help those in need.

He was of the Christian faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marsha A. Miller, Mont Alto, Pa. and Lisa M. Koons, Pond Bank; three sons, Robert W. Rhone Jr. and Jeffery A. Rhone, both of Waynesboro, and Victor W. Rhone, Pond Bank; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol L. Rhone, Pond Bank, and Joanne Powell, Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Marvin L. Rhone Sr.; three sisters, Emma McNew, Mary Lacombe and Darlene M. Rhone; four brothers, Lester S. Rhone Jr., Franklin T. Rhone, George Rhone and Carl L. Rhone.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2004, in the Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. C. Roy Daywalt officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery near Mont Alto.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, South Central PA Chapter, 488 W. Market St., York, PA 17404.

Morris H. Ransom

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Morris H. Ransom, 78, of 15 Redwood St., died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Aug. 12, 1925, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Bruce and Bessie Hamilton Ransom.

He retired as an engraver from the federal government.

He is survived by two daughters, two grandsons, nieces and nephews in the Chambersburg area.

Services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg, Pa.

Virgie I. Forsyth

WILLIAMSPORT - Virgie Irene Forsyth, 92, of 16814 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md., died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Born Oct. 6, 1911, in Leetown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late David Washington and Ida Mae Huff Clipp.

She was a homemaker and was employed by Wilcraft Hosiery in Williamsport, Md., for 25 years.

She was a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Williamsport, Md., where she taught Sunday school.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, James Edwards Forsyth Sr., Williamsport, Md.; daughter, Jan I. Forsythe of Alexandria, Va.; daughter-in-law, Donna J. Forsythe of Williamsport, Md.; sister, Mary Coakley of Williamsport, Md.; granddaughter, Monica Beer of New Orleans, La.; granddaughter, Daphne Gabries of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Jeffrey D. Forsythe of Hagerstown, Md.; grandson, Steven D. Forsythe of Germantown, Md.; grandson, Reginald Beer of California; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one son, James E. Forsythe Jr.; one sister, Ella Elliott; and five brothers, Ellsworth Clipp, Theodore Clipp, Herman Clipp, Dave Clipp and Roy Clipp.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 7, 2004, at 11 a.m., at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport, Md., with the Rev. James E. Swecker officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport, Md.

The family requests the omission of flowers; memorial donations may be made to Rehoboth United Methodist Church Building Fund, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

Arrangements are by Osborne Funeral Home, Williamsport, Md.

Anna C. Schlotterbeck

Anna Catherine Smith Schlotterbeck, 83, of 1018 Brinker Drive, Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 22, 1920, in Smithsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Max M. and Annie C. Barnes Smith.

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