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Gary Grant Divelbiss, 61

November 02, 2009

JULY 15, 1948-OCT. 31, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- Gary Grant Divelbiss, 61, of Fayetteville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, after a seven-month battle with esophageal cancer.

Gary was born July 15, 1948, in Huntingdon, Pa., a son of the late Grant L. and Mary E. Koplets Divelbiss.

Gary graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. 


He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot in 1998 with 28 years for service. For the past two years, Gary was employed by DynCorp International. 

An avid hunter and fisherman, Gary enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed camping with his children, grandchildren and friends, and spent his summers watching his grandson Hunter play Little League baseball.

He was a member of Chambersburg First Church of God and a post member of Hume-McNeil-Byers AMVETS Post 224, both in Chambersburg.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bonnie L. McClure Divelbiss, whom he married March 3, 1973; two daughters, Kristina R. Shauf and Kerry R. Divelbiss, both of Fayetteville; two granddaughters, Meghan R. McNew and Morghan R. McNew; and two grandsons, Hunter Grant Divelbiss and Hayden J. Ott, all of Fayetteville. He is also survived by a brother, Michael F. Divelbiss and wife, Sheila, of Chambersburg; and a nephew, Justin Grant Divelbiss. 

Gary will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He had many dear friends and co-workers that he cherished throughout the years. He will be greatly missed by all.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held Saturday Nov. 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Chambersburg First Church of God, 2230 Grandpoint Road, Chambersburg, Pa. The Rev. Earl E. Mills will officiate. Private interment with military honors by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will be in Stenger Hill Cemetery, Fort Loudon, Pa.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

It is Gary's wish that donations in his memory be sent to Play by Faith Ministries, 204 N. Vanessa Drive, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823. This ministry, together with God and Quest Haven Lodge in Tyrone, Pa., provided Gary his hunt of a lifetime as a final request.

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