George H. Bixler

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HANOVER On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, George Harry Bixler, 92, of Homewood at Plum Creek, went to heaven to join his wife, Gladys (Edwards) Bixler, who died August 8, 2008. Born January 11, 1921, in Whitehall, Pa., George was the son of the late Harry Abraham and Ann Mary (Lawrence) Bixler. George served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, seeing action in five Pacific landings, including Iwo Jima. George earned a purple heart as well as a letter of commendation for his valor while in the service. After returning home to Hanover, George married his wife of 63 years, Gladys in 1945. He then began working in the plumbing trade and started his own business, George H. Bixler, Inc. in 1955. His company continues to serve the greater Hanover and Gettysburg areas with plumbing, heating, and air conditioning services. George was very proud that his three children continued in the family business. George was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Hanover. In addition, he was instrumental in the organization and founding of the Hanover YMCA. He also helped form the Hanover Small-Fry Baseball League. His other memberships include the Harold H. Bair American Legion Post #14, V.F.W. Post #2506, and he was a charter member of the Hanover AMVETS. He was also a member of the Hanover Exchange Club, the Hanover Plumbing Association, and the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #763. For many years George was an avid, accomplished, and passionate fly fisherman and was a member of the Conewago Conservationalists. George also bowled and was a catcher for a number of fast pitch softball teams, one of which was Pennsylvania State Champion. His survivors include three children, William A. Bixler and his companion, Robert. L. Bittick of Gettysburg, Rodney G. Bixler and his fiancee, Deborah Shaffer of Hanover, and Ann L. Little and her husband, Richard F. Little, Jr. of Hanover; one sister, Mary Bolin of Hanover; seven grandchildren, Holly Maisano, Adam Bixler, Amber Dubs, Ben Shaffer, Tara Smith, Tiffany Saleh, and Scott Little; and 11 great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate the life of George H. Bixler will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wetzel Funeral Home and Crematory, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Bruce P. Bouchard, officiating. A time to share memories with the family and an opportunity to view will be on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. For those desiring, contributions in memory of Mr. Bixler may be made to the Hanover YMCA "Scholarship Fund", 500 George St., Hanover, PA 17331. To share memories of George Bixler and view a video tribute, please visit
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549 Carlisle Street
Hanover, PA 17331
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Published in Evening Sun on Sept. 26, 2013
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