Merle E. Leisher, 83

JULY 6, 1929-DEC. 23, 2012

December 24, 2012

Merle E. “Doggie” Leisher, 83, of Chambersburg, Pa., passed away peacefully in his sleep at Manor Care Nursing and Rehab Center in Chambersburg on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, with his family at his side. 

Born July 6, 1929, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Robert and Hazel Cockley Leisher. 

A 1947 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School, he was an outstanding athlete, playing football and basketball. He played for and coached the Chambersburg Cardinals in the early 1950s. He attended George Washington University for two years and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. In 1990, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

He served in the military during the Korean War.

He was a member of several local clubs, including BPOE Elks 600, where many years ago he worked as a bartender; Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion in Chambersburg; and the Chambersburg Club.

Surviving are three children, Sandra J. Myers of Fayetteville, Pa., Douglas K. Leisher (wife, Michele) of Chambersburg and Craig B. Leisher (wife, Rayell) of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren, Karen Hunt of Fayetteville, Matthew L. Myers of Chambersburg, Adam Leisher of Florida, Jena, Amber and Kaleah Leisher, all of Chambersburg, and Daniel Wiser and Douglas Wiser, both of Berwyn, Pa.; three great-grandchildren, Kassidy and Erica Hunt, and Caleb Myers; four brothers, Arnold E. of Chambersburg, Robert D. of Gulph Mills, Pa., Eber K. (wife, Nancy) of Shippensburg, Pa., and Elden R. “Whitey” Leisher (wife, Victoria) of Chambersburg; one sister, Ocie Lee McClure of Chambersburg; a sister-in-law, Cinda Leisher (widow of Harry G.) of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Horst Leisher; a daughter, Sharon K. Wiser; three brothers, George W. “Orp,” Marvin G. and Harry G. Leisher; two sisters, Starr L. Suders and Hazel L. “Suzy” Addlesberger; and nephews, Robert Suders and Bobby Leisher.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, where Pastor Scott Bowerman will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Interment in Parklawns Memorial Gardens will follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. 

Online condolences may be expressed on his book of memories page at

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