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October 04, 2006

James E. Beard Jr., 85



DEC. 27, 1920-OCT. 3, 2006

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - James Edmond Beard Jr., 85, of 2563 Smoketown Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Mary E. Vanmetre Beard and James Edmond Beard Sr.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Hock, in 1974; and his second wife, Nancy Rossi Pensinger, in June 2006, whom he married Dec. 19, 1975.

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He graduated from Marlowe (W.Va.) High School.

He worked as a truck driver until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war.

He was a member of Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, Moose Club, Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, all of Chambersburg, and the PGA.

He is survived by three children, William Beard and Richard Beard, both of Chambersburg, and Shirley Johnson of Pleasantville, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Barbara Nye, Vanessa Soper and Brenda Lape; two sisters, Mary Burns of Chambersburg and Sara Miller of Dazell, S.C.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, William Beard.

Services will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate. Burial, with military honors by Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or McCleary Post 78, Disabled American Veterans, c/o Byron Ashburn, 64 Edgelea Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Charles D. Diehl Sr., 87



JULY 21, 1919-SEPT. 28, 2006

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Charles D. "Pappy" Diehl Sr., 87, of 231 W. North St., died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at Waynesboro Hospital.

Born July 21, 1919, in Waynesboro, he was the son of Charles E. and Kathryn E. Hartle Diehl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Moon Diehl.

He was a 1937 graduate of Waynesboro High School.

He retired from the former Landis Tool Co. in Waynesboro.

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

He was a Methodist.

He was a member of Hume McNeal Byers AMVETS Post 224 of Chambersburg, the Chambersburg Club, and Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, BPO Elks Lodge 731 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Waynesboro, among other organizations.

He is survived by one sister, Catherine E. Geesaman of Quincy, Pa.; one grandson, Charles H.E. Diehl of Chambersburg; one great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Charles D. Diehl Jr.; and two brothers, Carl E. Diehl and William R. Diehl.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. James Russell will officiate.

Private burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, with military honors by Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 of Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.




Lillian E. Whitacre, 85



JUNE 8, 1921-OCT. 3, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lillian E. Whitacre, 85, of Leidig Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006.

Born June 8, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Anne Nichols Kreamer.

She worked for 10 years as an administrative secretary for Toledo Edison.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles Whitacre Jr.; two children, Pat McCulloh of Mercersburg, Pa., and Chuck Whitacre of Leesburg, Va.; two sisters, Alma Johnson and Wilma Kreamer, both of Toledo; one brother, Louis Kreamer of Toledo; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Whitacre; four sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. The Rev. Robert Cook will officiate.

Private burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Menno Haven, Walden Unit Restoration Program, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.




Bruce F. House Sr., 77



-SEPT. 6, 2006

BEVERLY HILLS, Fla. - Bruce F. House Sr., 77, of Beverly Hills, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006.

Born in Hagerstown, he was the son of Jacob Franklin House and Geneva House.

He worked in research and development for Shelley Manufacturing in Miami for 23 years.

He was an inventor and had patents in companies where he worked.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hernando, Fla.

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