Galen N. Buckwalter, 77

February 23, 2009

SEPT. 24, 1931-FEB. 21, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Galen N. Buckwalter, 77, of Northfield at Menno Haven, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at the nursing home, where he had been a guest since December.

Born Sept. 24, 1931, in Atglen, Pa., he was the son of the late Park Leroy and Melinda Smoker Buckwalter.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., and a master's degree in education from Arizona State University.

He taught school in Arizona for 18 years prior to moving to Franklin County, where he and his wife owned and operated Lehman's Egg Service until retiring.


He was a member of Marion Mennonite Church, where he was involved in many aspects of the church. He volunteered at Menno Haven, where he was a member of the board of directors for 16 years, serving as chairman for a number of years. He had been a member and past chairman of the board of directors at Cedar Ridge Ministries in Williamsport, and was a member of Greencastle Exchange Club, American Egg Board, and numerous other professional and community organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Lehman Buckwalter, whom he married June 5, 1956; one son, Gregg A. Buckwalter of Greencastle, Pa.; two sisters, Rhoda Umble of St. Paul, Minn., and Lila Hess of Rocky Mount, Va.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Blanche Umble; and four brothers, John, Nathan, Nevin and Park Buckwalter Jr.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Marion Mennonite Church. Pastor Carl Kniss will officiate. Private burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Marion Mennonite Church Building Fund, 4365 Molly Pitcher Highway South, Chambersburg, PA 17202; or to Menno Haven Benevolent Fund, 2011 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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