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Terry L. Punt, 60

December 30, 2009

AUG. 13, 1949-DEC. 28, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Former State Senator Terry L. Punt, 60, of Waynesboro, Pa., died early Monday morning in his home. Death was unexpected and attributed to heart failure.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1949, in Waynesboro. He was the son of the late Leo and Betty (Carson) Punt and was raised by his foster parents, the late Raymond and Pearl Sharrah. He was a lifelong resident of Waynesboro.

Mr. Punt graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School with the class of 1967. He then took some political science courses.

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In his early life, he worked at Grove Manufacturing Co. in Shady Grove, Pa. As a longtime Republican leader in Franklin County, Senator Punt had served as a state legislator in the House of Representatives' 90th District from 1979 through 1988 and then ran successfully for the State Senate's 33rd District, where he served for 20 years, the longest time in that office of anyone ever elected to that seat. He retired from public service in 2008 due to health issues.

Senator Punt was known for his devotion to his constituents, consistently working to improve the lives of those he served through job creation and infrastructure improvements. His service in the Senate included the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee, Transportation Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Senator Punt was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ of Waynesboro; former member of the board of directors of the Waynesboro YMCA; member of the PA Association of Retarded Children and OSI; past president of the Waynesboro Lions Club; and past chairman of the Waynesboro Bicentennial Committee and Waynesboro Youth Activities Association. In 1979, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Man in America. He also received the Pennsylvania American Legion's Patriot Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania's veterans, and was inducted into the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor. He was awarded the Pennsylvania Commendation Medal, which is the highest award a civilian can receive from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Following his retirement, he devoted his time to his family, especially his grandson, Phoenix.

He is survived by a son, Christian A. Punt of Waynesboro; a daughter, Erin E. Barlup of Waynesboro; a grandson, Phoenix R. Barlup; foster sister, Donna Huff of Fayetteville, Pa.; two foster brothers, David Sharrah and Kenneth Sharrah, both of Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and foster parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Punt and Donald Punt.

Services will be Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Sue D-Heedene officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. Military services will be conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 of Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.

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