Merrill C. Mentzer

Merrill C. Mentzer, 89, of Shippensburg, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at the WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Monday, March 28, 1932, in Hawstone, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Russell E. and Olive B. Gutshall Mentzer.

Merrill was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving in the Vietnam War and the Korean War, retiring after 20 years of service. He retired in 1987 from Letterkenny Army Depot where he worked as a telephone installer.

He was a member of the Shippensburg First Church of God. Merrill was a member of the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, and the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223, Shippensburg.

He was an avid hunter, and a baseball fan, and also umpired baseball games.

Merrill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Baker Mentzer, whom he married Sept. 30, 1956; one daughter, Trudy B. (husband, Neil) Price, Gettysburg; one son, Russell C. (wife, Sherre) Mentzer Sr., Shippensburg; three grandsons, Jordan D. Mentzer, Shippensburg, Benjamin T. Price, Gettysburg, and Skyler Lynch, Shippensburg; one granddaughter, Amber B. Price, Gettysburg; one great-grandson, Julian Mentzer, Tampa, Florida; four great-granddaughters, Isabella A. Mentzer, Shippensburg, Kaili Taylor, Tampa, Florida, Marley Mentzer, Shippensburg, and Emily Mentzer, Tampa, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters, Ruth Kyler, Freda Mentzer,  Helen Mellott, Esther Wagner, Grace Marie Miller and Flo J. Scott; six brothers, Earl L., Blaine A., Jerry H., Cloyd, Carl R. and Dale E. Mentzer; and one grandson, Russell C. Mentzer Jr., who passed away Feb. 7, 2016.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., with the Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Burial was in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens with Military Honors conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223 Minutemen.

A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shippensburg First Church of God, 121 E. King St., Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.

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