Clarence F. Neil Clarence F. Neil, age 88, of Chambersburg, passed away April 11, 2014 at Manorcare Health Services. He was born February 22, 1926 in Willow Hill, PA to Dwight and Mary (Carlin) Neil. He was married to Nancy Geiman Neil on August 2, 1959, who died in 2007. For many years he was a carpenter, working for W.H. Boyer and later self-employed, then he worked for DESCOM at Letterkenny Army Depot for eighteen years until his retirement. During World War II he served in the United States Air Force where he served as a gunner on the B29. He served on the crew of one of the missions dropping the first atomic bomb in Japan, which brought the war to an end, and after the war served in the reserves for approximately twenty years. He was a member of George Washington Lodge in Chambersburg, Tall Cedars, and the Zembo Mosque in Harrisburg. He was a member of the Moose in Chambersburg and was a past governor of the Moose and VFW Post 1599 in Chambersburg. Later in his life he became involved with Habitat for Humanity where he served as construction director. Clarence is survived by his sister, Dorothy Fry of Fayetteville, his half sister, Shirley Gipe (wife of George) Jarrell of Chautauqua, NY, and three half brothers: Samuel (husband of Sarah) Neil of Fannettsburg, Raymond Neil of Orrstown, and Melvin (husband of Carol) Neil of Mobile, Alabama. He is also survived by his niece, Marjorie Hamsher of Chambersburg and a number of other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Monday April 21st at 1:00 PM at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Chambersburg with the Rev. Suzanne Elliott officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Chambersburg. The Honor Guard of VFW Post 1599 will conduct graveside military rites. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Habitat For Humanity, 1331 South Seventh St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave., Chambersburg will be conducting the services.
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Published in Public Opinion from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014