Robert J. Gochenauer Sr.

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Gochenauer, Sr. Robert J. Gochenauer, Sr., 91, a resident of Elmcroft of Shippensburg, died on the evening of Monday, January 14, 2013. He was born on April 1, 1921, in Lurgan Twp., Franklin Co., a son of the late Bruce W. and Laura M. Duke Gochenauer. Robert was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, enlisting on September 4, 1942 and honorably discharged on November 15, 1945. Robert worked as a mechanic for the Borough of Shippensburg, retiring in 1985, after over 25 years of work. Earlier in life he had also been employed at Naugle Motors, Hippensteel's Garage, Henry's Bakery, and Letterkenny Army Depot. He attended the First Assembly of God, was a life member of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post #223, both of Shippensburg, and loved to fish. Robert is survived by three daughters, Barbara L. (Alva) Shoop of Dayton, WY, Janetta A. (Edward) Guyer of Gardners, and Shirley A. Smith of Chambersburg; one son, Robert J. (Melinda) Gochenauer, Jr. of Newburg; one stepson, David D. Shank of Newville; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence R. Hoch Gochenauer, who died on October 29, 1994; his second wife; Lula P. Hancock Gochenauer; three brothers; and one sister. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Inc., Shippensburg. The Rev. Daniel Cluck will officiate. Interment will follow in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published in Public Opinion on Jan. 16, 2013
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