The Rev. C. Basil Grossnickle, 93

September 22, 2009

FEB. 25, 1916-SEPT. 19, 2009

BOONSBORO - The Rev. C. Basil Grossnickle, 93, a resident of Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home, Boonsboro, for the last six years, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at his residence.

A son of the late C. Elbert and Sallie E. Leatherman Grossnickle, he was born Feb. 25, 1916, in Ellerton, Md.

He was a lifelong member of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville.

He graduated in 1934 from Middletown High School and farmed throughout his life. In 1952, he was ordained into the ministry with the Church of the Brethren, and served as pastor of Harmony Church of the Brethren from 1963 until 1978, and also served as an associate pastor at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren for many years.


He was president and founder of the C. Basil Grossnickle Inc. Insurance Agency, Myersville, and was honored for being a licensed agent with State Auto Insurance for 50 years. He was a board member of the Myersville Savings Bank, The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. and the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home for many years, and was a charter member of the Wolfsville Ruritan Club.

Surviving Basil is his wife of 69 years, Eleanor V. Brandenburg Grossnickle of Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home; his son, Dale E. Grossnickle of Fairplay; his two daughers, Carol Ann Harne and her husband, Glenn, of Myersville and M. Ellen Catlett and her husband, Leon, of Fairplay; his brother, E. Quentin Grossnickle of Myersville; six grandchildren, Danny Harne, Jeff Harne, Brenda Kinna, Michael Grossnickle, Stephanie May and Nathaniel Catlett; and five great-grandchildren, Chelsea Kinna, Samantha Kinna, Willie Kinna, Lindsay Harne and Megan Harne.

In 2007, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert T. Grossnickle.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, with Pastors Tim and Donna Ritchey Martin officiating.

Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Ricketts Funeral Home, 504 Main Street, Myersville, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. For the convenience of family and friends, the funeral home will be open beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grossnickle Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 575, Myersville, MD 21773; or to Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home Benevolent Fund, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.

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