Galen E. "Bud" Strayer

Galen E. "Bud" Strayer, 89, a resident at the Village of Laurel Run and formerly of 682 Skelly Road, Chambersburg, passed away peacefully Monday, September 26, 2011 at the home.
Born February 18, 1922 in Leesburg, PA, he was the son of the late William R. Strayer and Bernice (Ott) Strayer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Chambersburg. He retired from Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg in 1973. He served in the 328th Field Artillery Batallion, 85th Infantry Division, U.S. Army from October 1942 to November 1945, during World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. A life member of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, a member of AMVETS Post 224, Elks BPOE 600, Loyal Order of Moose Club 842, all of Chambersburg, and Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223, Shippensburg. Bud enjoyed spending his winters in Florida and traveling with his wife. He was a loving and devoted husband to the late M. Louise (Mowery) Strayer, whom he married on September 21, 1946. He and Louise loved dancing and socializing with family and friends. He would always have a good story to share. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (wife of Bradley) Hepfer of Chambersburg, three grandchildren, Lorena (Strayer) Massengill, Brandon Strayer, both of North Carolina, and Lindsay (Hepfer) Mull (wife of Justin), of Chambersburg, PA, four great-grandchildren, a brother John Strayer, Shippensburg, a sister Patricia Starliper, Mercersburg, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis W. Strayer, three brothers, William Strayer, Jr., Paul Strayer, Glen Strayer, and two sisters , Nellie Hockenberry and Beda Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, if you knew "Bud", he would want you to mix yourself a Manhattan and make a toast in celebration of his life.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd. of Chambersburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in Public Opinion from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2011