Melvin S. Rosenberry

Melvin S. “Gene” Rosenberry, 78, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the morning of Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 9, 1943, in Chambersburg, a son of the late Melvin S. Rosenberry Jr. and Herman and Julia M. (Van Scyoc) Busey, who raised him.

Gene was a 1961 graduate of Big Spring High School.

He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, enlisting on June 12, 1967, and honorably discharged on June 5, 1971.

Gene married Bette L. Glessner on March 23, 1973, in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Earlier in life, Gene worked at the former SKF Industries, Shippensburg. He then went on to work in the supply department at the Letterkenny Army Depot, retiring in 1997.

Gene was a life member of the Cumberland Valley Hose Co. No. 2, Shippensburg. After retiring, he became more involved with the ambulance, becoming an EMT, and then a paramedic.

Gene and Bette also spent countless hours volunteering at the fire company food stand at the Shippensburg Community Fair.

He was a member of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion, Post 223 and the Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168, both of Shippensburg, and BPOE (Elks Club) 600, Chambersburg.

In his free time, Gene enjoyed watching baseball and football on television. He also loved to cook and would quite frequently help Bette with her cake-making business.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Bette; he is survived by two children, Kathy Nezat and husband, Gregory, of Shippensburg, and Don Wyrick and wife, Janet, of Dillsburg; three stepchildren, Kitty Liddle of Shippensburg, Daryl D’Ambrosio of Shippensburg; and Gregory D’Ambrosio and wife, Darlene, of Chambersburg; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous step-great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Virginia G. Starliper; eight siblings, Cheryl North, Christina Smiley and husband, Ed, Joan Martin and husband, Ed, Donna Maxwell, Mary Ann Rosenberry, V. Kyline Keefer and husband, Jeff, Anna Trace and husband, John, and Ginger Poffenberger and husband, Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by five siblings, Larry Rosenberry, Melvin Daniel Rosenberry, John Rosenberry, Brenda Shearer and Dorothy Rosenberry.

A funeral service for his family and close friends will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., Shippensburg.

Interment with military honors will follow in the Parklawns Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg.

Viewing will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland Valley Hose Co. No. 2 or the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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