Gary L. Bryan, 64, of Orbisonia, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born May 1, 1954, in Waynesboro, he was a son of the late Clarence R. and Betty J. (Routzhan) Bryan. A U.S. Army veteran, Gary served honorably during the Vietnam Era. He was employed as a machinist until his retirement. He is survived by two siblings, Terry R. Bryan and wife Kimberly of Greencastle and Brenda S. Bryan and husband William Miller of Chambersburg; and his companion of 18 years, Vickie L. Diegelman of Orbisonia. Friends will be received on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6 – 7 PM at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Interment will be held in Cedar Hill Cemetery at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Franklin/Fulton Division 924 N. Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403.
Calvin E. Chilcote, Sr., age 82, of Spring Run, PA, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born August 30, 1936, in Richvale, PA, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mary Goshorn Chilcote. Mr. Chilcote was a member of the Orbisonia High School class of 1957, where he had played for the football team. He worked for White and Wingate Sawmill, Yocum Aluminum Products, and the former James River Corporation for 33 years, retiring in 1999 as a machine operator. Mr. Chilcote had also served Fannett Township as a supervisor for many years. He enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State. He also enjoyed barbecuing chicken, including being part of the original group to cook chicken for the Path Valley Picnic, raising hogs, and butchering. Mr. Chilcote was a member of the Spring Run United Methodist Church, Fannett-Metal Fire Company, Path Valley Lions Club, American Legion Post 232, and the Fannett Township Rod and Gun Club. Surviving is his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Piper Chilcote; four children, Evelyn Boyer (husband Dave), Donna North (husband Jay), Mary Ann Yocum (husband Mark) and Calvin Chilcote, Jr. (wife Kim) all of Spring Run, PA; eight grandchildren, Amber Runk (Adam), David Boyer, Jr. (Megan), Lori Boggs (Brad), Paige Wright (Shane), Blake Yocum, Matthew and Bryce Chilcote, and Brandi Mellott (Chad); five great-grandchildren, Bennett and Ensley Runk, Addison Wright, Noah and Jayde Mellott, and four siblings, Emma Middaugh (Jesse), Ralph Chilcote (Norma), Darlene Wible and Russell Chilcote (Florence). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Kline, a brother, William Chilcote, a brother in law, Elwood Wible, and an infant brother. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 10 AM at the Spring Run United Methodist Church, 16667 Main St, Spring Run, PA 17262, where Pastor Phil Foster, Rev. Marlin A. “Butch Neil, and Rev. Darwin Goshorn will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 6 – 8 PM at the Agett-Geisel Funeral Home, 18875 Main St., Dry Run, PA 17220 and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will follow at the Upper Path Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the above church at P.O. Box 156, Spring Run, PA 17262; the Fannett- Metal Fire Company, c/o Rita Glass, P.O. Box 51, Dry Run, PA 17220; Path Valley Lions Club, c/o Ronald McAllen, P.O. Box 126, Spring Run, PA 17262; or Path Valley Outreach, 11057 Creek Rd., Fannettsburg, PA 17221.
Harry Laughery Oyler, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, left the life he loved on Sunday, October 7, 2018. He was 98 years old. Harry was born January 9, 1920 in Chambersburg to Florence Rebecca Laughery Oyler and Emory Cook Oyler. His mother died in 1929; his father in 1960. Harry graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1937 and over the years hosted several annual reunions for his CASHS class, the latest being the 80th reunion. Harry attended Penn State University and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated in 1941 with a degree in Commerce and Finance. He was a staunch supporter of PSU, a life member of the Alumni Association’s Franklin County chapter, and served 15 years on the Penn State Mont Alto Advisory Board. Harry married his wife Doris Katherine Phillips on Flag Day, June 14, 1942. She preceded him in death on Thanksgiving Day 2016. He is survived by their three sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; Harry Laughery Oyler, Jr., his wife Ildiko Segesvary Oyler, and their son Miklos and his wife Katelin and daughter Brinn Iren; Jennifer Oyler Wright and her husband Tom; Susan Oyler Smith and her husband Russell; William Phillips Oyler, his wife Trena McClelland Oyler, and their sons Luke and Zachary and his wife Stephanie and their son Maxton; and Emory Cook Oyler, II, his wife Cheryl Charles Oyler, and their sons Quinn and Nathan. Harry stayed in contact with all his relatives, hosting an annual Oyler Family Reunion for the past several decades. Harry proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 as Communications Officer, and then as Executive Officer of the USS LST 548, participating in the invasion of Southern France and the occupation of Okinawa in the Pacific. In 1946 Harry established an independent insurance agency in Chambersburg, now known as Valley Agency, which his daughter Susan and son-in-law Russell took over upon Harry’s retirement in 1986. Harry happily lived in the Chambersburg area most of his life. His greeting to outside visitors was, “Welcome to America“, because to him this area represented the vision of our founding fathers – family, community, God, and patriotism. Outgoing, friendly, and strongly committed to the growth and development of Chambersburg, Harry was a community leader and an active member of many clubs and organizations. Harry was an original director of the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation and has a street named in his honor due to his CADC involvement. He was also one of the organizers of Downtowner Inc. He served as a Judge of Elections for Franklin County and was a board member of the Chambersburg Trust Company and Financial Trust. An original director of White Rock, Inc., which developed Penn National Golf Course, he served as treasurer and secretary and as its real estate broker for many years. Harry belonged to the Kittochtinny Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Lions Club, Elks Club, Chambersburg Club, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cumberland Valley Philatelic Society, and many others. Harry was a dedicated Freemason, adhering to the Masonic principles of brotherly love, charity, and truth. His father conferred his degree upon him in 1946 when he joined George Washington Lodge #143. A 33rd degree Mason, Harry served in many local and regional Masonic organizations in honored positions including District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District. Harry’s many interests have included local history, reading, golf, dancing, Penn State football, stamp collecting, puzzles, and e-mails. Once, when asked how he wanted to be remembered, Harry said, “I don’t want to be remembered, I want to be here.” His family, friends, and community will not forget Harry – his loving and generous spirit will be with us still. A celebration of Harry’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Paul B. Baker will officiate. Interment with military honors by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will follow at Norland Cemetery. Members of George Washington Lodge #143 F & AM will conduct a Masonic service at 11:00 AM Thursday at the funeral home. There will be a visitation immediately following the Masonic service until funeral services begin at 2:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Menno Haven Employee Appreciation Fund, 2011 Scotland Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Joseph J. “Joe” Horner, 76, of Chambersburg, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Born July 25, 1942, in Johnstown, PA, he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Dorothy L. Hohman Horner. Joe was a 1960 graduate of Richland High School. A US Army veteran, Joe served honorably during the Vietnam War from 1962 – 65 and in the Army Reserves from 1965 – 68. He was employed as a computer operator for US Steel and later in the inventory department with T.B. Woods until his retirement. Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 46, the Chambersburg Club, AMVETS Post 224, VFW Post 1599, and the Marine Corps League. He enjoyed taking walks every day and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is survived by four siblings, Ernest E. Horner and wife Joan of Ohio, Betty J. Witkosky of Chambersburg, Thomas J. Horner and wife Mary of Chambersburg and Christine L. Stine and husband Randy of Chambersburg; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and three great-great nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother Paul Horner and his sister Dorothy Piper. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 – 8 PM and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, PA at the convenience of the family.
Michael A. “Mike” Jacobs, 77, of Chambersburg, passed away on October 6, 2018, in his home, with his wife by his side. Born December 1, 1940, he was a son of the late George B. and Ellen Stepler Jacobs. Mike was a 1958 graduate of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, where he played for the Trojans baseball team. In his earlier years, he worked for the Heinz Company in Chambersburg, and later as a pressman at James River, where he worked for 32 years, retiring in 1998. Mike was a caddy at local courses at a young age, where he developed a love for the game of golf, which stuck with him, and he even belonged to the Thursday Golf Group traveling golf team. He also had a talent for betting on horse races. Some would call him an aficionado, attending the Preakness many times and also the Belmont Stakes. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting with his brothers and his son. Mike was an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football fan. He was a member of the Hume McNeal Byers AmVets Post 224 and the Marine Corps, both in Chambersburg. He enjoyed travelling with his wife to Delaware and Charleston, South Carolina, and he loved spending time with his family. Some of his favorite memories would be when he and his wife, Mary, would host their summer family reunions. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary M. Costello Jacobs, whom he married on December 1, 1962; his children Erin Michele Jacobs, of Chambersburg, and Shawn Michael Jacobs and wife Sharon, of Greenvillage; four grandchildren, Benjamin Michael and Zachary Paul Wengert of Charleston, South Carolina, Danielle Michele Jacobs of Dover, PA, and Caitlyn Nicole Jacobs of Chambersburg, PA; and brothers Robert H. and wife Connie of Chambersburg, Peter W. and wife Connie, of Orlando, FL, and Thomas R. and wife Deb of Chambersburg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his four-legged grand-pups. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George B. Jacobs, Jr. A celebration of life service will be held in Mike’s honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be expressed on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.