John W. Gobrecht

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HANOVER John W. "Johnny" "Paw Paw" Gobrecht, 67, entered into God's eternal care Friday, July 25, 2014, at the Hanover Hospital. He was the loving husband of Frances "Fran" L. (Kerchner) Gobrecht, to whom he was married 43 years. Born August 28, 1946, in Hanover, John was the son of the late William and Gladys (Horner) Gobrecht. John was a 1964 graduate of South West High School. Upon graduation, he attended Salem University of Clarksburg, W.Va., for one year and transferred to Mansfield University in Pennsylvania until his time of enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. John achieved the rank of Lance Corporal during his time of service to his country. He was injured twice during these years and was awarded a Purple Heart each time. Other medals received include the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Medal. Mr. Gobrecht put his experiences in writing, having his book Surviving the Claws of the Tiger published in 2013. Johnny retired in 2002 from United Airlines with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Jefferson. He was also a member of the Jefferson Rifle Club, the Hanover Historical Society, AARP, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2506 of Hanover, as well as a life member of the NRA. In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting, fishing, as well as traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife, Fran, John is survived by his two sons, Brent J. Gobrecht and his wife, Missy of Perkasie, and Wade A. Gobrecht and his wife, Jessie of Glenville; his grandchildren, Zachary and Alyssa Gobrecht of Perkasie, and Taryn and Hallie Gobrecht of Glenville; his brothers, Terry Gobrecht, Jerry Gobrecht, Jay Gobrecht, and Lenny Gobrecht, all of Hanover; and his sisters, Pennie Gruver, Kathy Gobrecht, and Angela "Angie" Mowery, all of Hanover, and Bonnie Busbey of Glenville. A viewing and time to share memories with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Frederick St., Hanover. Following cremation, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hanover, with the Rev. Martin Bovee officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Hanover Allied Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Johnny to the Keystone Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 475, Blandon PA 19510 or online http://www.keystonewarriors.com/ Memories and condolences may be shared at www.kenworthyfh.com
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Kenworthy Funeral Home
269 Frederick Street Hanover, PA 17331
717-637-6259
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Published in Evening Sun on July 27, 2014
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