Gerald Eugene Sheffler, age 84, a resident of Hughesville, Md. and formerly of Greencastle, left this earth to be with the Lord on Monday, December 10, 2012. Born April 11, 1928 in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Elizabeth M. Sheffler. He married his loving, devoted wife Grace "Marie" (Barnhart) Sheffler on March 17, 1950. Mr. Sheffler served as a member of the National Guard, the Army and retired as a Navy veteran of 24 years serving proudly in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. During his military tenure he was stationed all over the world and aboard ship often in war zones. His dedication to service was as an infantryman, a hospital corpsman serving wounded on the battlefield and in hospitals and later becoming an optical instructor and an optician. After military retirement, he continued his career as an optician in Chambersburg and later in Waldorf, Md. Gerald was a life member and a past commander of the Harry D. Zeigler V.F.W. Post #6319 of Greencastle, member of the American Legion, member of the Elks Club and a member of the FRA (Fleet Reserve Association). In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a terrific memory and a gift of helping those less fortunate. We have been blessed by the time we have spent with him and his presence will truly be missed. Surviving family, in addition to his wife of 62 years, are two daughters, Brenda Ott (husband Stephen) Chambersburg, Jerry Shatzer (companion Bryan Rabbett), Marion; one son, Tony Sheffler (wife Jennifer), Hughesville, Md.; six grandchildren: Walter Flowers, Jennifer Ott, Angela Atherton, Herbert "Andy" Shatzer, Shawna Sheffler, and Jared Sheffler; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by three brothers. Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 15 at 11 a.m. from the Harold M. Zimmerman And Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, with Rev. Robert Fitz officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Chambersburg V.F.W. Post #1599 Honor Guard will be in the Cedar Hill Cemetery Greencastle. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The Greencastle V.F.W. will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Lutheran Home Care And Hospice, 2700 Luther Dr., Chambersburg, PA 17202. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanfh.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Dec. 13, 2012