Chester R. Talhelm, 86

MAY 22, 1926-MARCH 15, 2013

March 17, 2013

Chester R. “Chet” Talhelm, age 86, of Molly Pitcher Highway South, Chambersburg, Pa., died unexpectedly at 5:43 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Chambersburg Hospital.

Born May 22, 1926, in Antrim Township, Franklin County, Pa., he was the son of the late Roy J. and Leah Gail (Ryder) Talhelm. He married Dorothy L. “Dot” (Daugherty) Talhelm on May 1, 1966.

Chet first worked for the former Miller and Friedly Co. and then Myers and Fitz, both of Greencastle. He retired after more than 40 years of employment with Antrim Building and Farm Supply of Greencastle. He was a 1944 graduate of Greencastle High School. Chet was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre.

He was a longtime member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greencastle, where he had served as a church usher, communion usher and on church council. He was a former member of the Kauffman Ruritan Club.

Chet enjoyed going out for breakfast and watching baseball.

Surviving family, in addition to his wife, are two sisters, Helen L. Statler, Menno Haven, Chambersburg, and Marie Myers, Greencastle; one brother, Wayne T. Talhelm and wife Shirley, Greencastle; and number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul G. Talhelm; a sister, Janet E. Talhelm; and an infant sister, Dorothy Jean Talhelm.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. from the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle, with the Rev. Martin H. Horn and the Rev. Donald M. Bohn officiating. Burial will be in Parklawns Memorial Gardens in Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Memorial Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle, PA 17225.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harold M. Zimmerman And Son Funeral Home of Greencastle.

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