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Waynesboro man killed in accident remembered as 'sincere and kindhearted'

August 27, 2008|By DON AINES

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The widow of a Waynesboro man killed in an industrial accident Monday at Nitterhouse Concrete and Masonry Products remembered her husband as a "very sincere and kindhearted" man.

An autopsy is scheduled today in Allentown, Pa., for Robert E. Strang, 58, of 6828 Furnace Road, who was killed in the 12:09 p.m. accident at the company's hollow core plank facility at 2655 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg.

"He was a wonderful person. He'd do anything for anybody," Barbara Strang said. "He liked to hunt and fish and spend time with his family," including daughter Brandy L. Baker, she said.

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A 1969 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Robert Strang had worked at Nitterhouse for about eight years as an equipment operator, Barbara Strang said. Before that, he worked at the former Grove Worldwide plant in Shady Grove, Pa., for more than four years, she said.

Strang, who was born and raised in South Mountain, Pa., also had worked more than 20 years at Keystone Homes in Waynesboro and for Knouse Foods before that, she said.

Her husband also was a member of the Eagles, Moose and Owls in Waynesboro, and the American Legion, VFW and South Mountain Fish and Game Club, she said.

Robert Strang's death is being investigated by the Franklin County Coroner's Office, Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Trooper Frank Hershey said Tuesday that further information about how the accident occurred is pending the outcome of the autopsy.

Barbara Strang said she has not learned many details of the accident because it is under investigation. Robert Strang apparently was working in a hopper when he was crushed, she said.

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