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John B. Bayer, Sr., 90

October 04, 2009

JUNE 10, 1919-OCT. 3, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - John B. Bayer Sr., 90, a resident at The Village of Laurel Run and formerly of Chambersburg, Pa., went home to be with the Lord at 8:18 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in the emergency room of Chambersburg Hospital.

Born June 10, 1919, in Ringgold, Md., he was the son of the late Daniel and Rachel Garber Bayer. John served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Early in his life, he was employed at Hess's Body Shop in Hagerstown, Md., and retired Dec. 10, 1979, from Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. Following his retirement, he was a bus driver for the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA and the Released Time Bible Program (Camp Joy-El). He was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Chambersburg and a former member of Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown, where he served as an usher and Sunday school teacher for many years. He participated with the Elder Day program at Menno Haven, was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed antique cars and walking.

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John is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen V. Hutzell Bayer, whom he married Sept. 1, 1948; four children, Bonnie Garrett and husband, Gary, of Petersburg, Tenn., Audrey Willard and husband, Joe, of Smithsburg, Md., John B. Bayer Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Chambersburg, and Sharon Young and husband, Marvin, of Chambersburg; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four brothers, Kenny Bayer of Wirtz, Va., Daniel Bayer of Roanoke, Va., Harlan Bayer of Waynesboro, Pa., and Sam Bayer of Hagerstown; and five sisters, Nora Boone of Roanoke, Frances King of Hagerstown, and Elizabeth Bayer, Julia Benedict and Esther Bayer, all of Waynesboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Paul Bayer; and a grandson, Johnnie Garrett.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. His son, the Rev. John B. Bayer Jr., will officiate. Interment with military honors by members of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will follow in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Brethren Church, 315 S. Edwards Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17202. Condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.

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