Harold C. Gayman

April 04, 2011
  • Harold C. Gayman
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FEB. 17, 1927-APRIL 1, 2011

Harold Crunkilton Gayman of Fayetteville, Pa., and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., passed away at 4:32 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Good Shepherd Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Fla., following an illness of one month.

Born Feb. 17, 1927, in Antrim Township, Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Henry S. and Hattie (Crunkilton) Gayman.

He married Ruth “Betty” (Keck) Gayman on March 10, 1951, and they just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Harold was a graduate of Greencastle High School, class of 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Franklin & Marshall College for three years.

He was a member of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church.

Harold served as a member and vice president of the board of directors of the First National Bank and Tower Bank of Greencastle for 20 years; past director of Franklin Feed & Supply Co.; Franklin County Farm Bureau member and past president; past board member of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District; member and past president of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council; past member of the board of directors of Penn State Extension Service; and with his wife was past adviser to the Franklin County 4-H County Council.  

In 1973, he was honored as a Pennsylvania Master Farmer by Penn State University and Pennsylvania Farmer Magazine.

He enjoyed square dancing for many years with the Whirly Bird Square Dance Club. In recent years, his main hobbies were playing golf and planting corn.

Surviving family, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Mark and his wife, Sally Gayman, Waynesboro, Pa., and Grant and his wife, Leah Gayman, Waynesboro; four granddaughters, Abby Gayman, Joy Gayman, Maggie Gayman and Sarah Gayman; and one stepgrandson, Quentin Stembridge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Gayman; and two sisters, Maud Myers and Mary Gayman.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. from the Greencastle Presbyterian Church, 57 W. Baltimore St., Greencastle, with Pastor Taylor Camerer officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Organ Fund of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church, 57 W. Baltimore St., Greencastle, PA 17225; or to the Good Shepherd Somers Hospice House, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Local arrangements were handled by the Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home of Greencastle.

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