Paul N. Crider, 90

JULY 26, 1922-JULY 9, 2013

July 10, 2013
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Paul N. Crider, 90, of Chambersburg, Pa., passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 26, 1922, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Cyrus and Cora Leininger Crider.

A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, Mr. Crider served honorably during World War II, where he was a gunner in the 99th Bomb Group. On his 34th mission, he was shot down and captured by the Germans in February 1944 and held as a prisoner of war until April 1945, when he was liberated by the U.S. Army.

He was discharged from the military on Sept. 26, 1945, and started his career as a computer operator at Letterkenny Army Depot, where he was employed for 32 years, and retired in 1978.

He was a member of Salem United Brethren Church.

He enjoyed going to church, hunting, raising chickens, reading the Bible and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughters, Doris J. O'Donnell (husband, Harry "Ted") of Chambersburg and Beverly A. Whitsel of Chambersburg; two grandchildren, Lisa A. Tacker (husband, Bret) of St. Thomas, Pa., and Shaun P. O'Donnell of Chambersburg; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Cody Tacker; and three siblings, Mabel Lockwood of Chambersburg, Naomi Mull (husband, Jack) of Chambersburg and Charles Crider (wife, Goldie) of Orrstown, Pa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margie A. Hardsock Crider, in 1993; and six siblings, John and Glenn Crider, and Dorothy Bittinger, Elsie Fahnestock, Olive Sollenberger and Mary Davis. 

Funeral services will be Monday, July 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Salem United Brethren Church, 4349 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, with the Rev. Art Page officiating.

Interment will follow the service at Parklawns Memorial Gardens, with military honors provided by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard. 

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 14, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg; and Monday one hour before services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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

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