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April 5, 2014
Waldemar J. "Wally" Love, 81, of Newville, died Saturday morning at Carlisle Regional Medical Center.
Born March 23, 1933, in Gordon, he was a son of the late Herbert S. and Alma Reed Love.
Wally was a 1952 graduate of Ashland High School and enlisted in the Air Force in June of 1952.
He served a brief stint in the Korean War and then two tours in Vietnam, participating in 172 combat missions as a gunner aboard an AC-130 Spectre Gunship. He was honorably discharged in May 1975, as a master sergeant, after 23 years of service.
After leaving the military, Wally worked as a corrections officer at the Berks County Prison and then retired from the Camp Hill Correctional Facility in 1990.
He was a past commander of Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168, Shippensburg, life member of Lawnton American Legion Post 998, member of AC-130 Spectre Association and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 1299, Carlisle.
Wally was a fantastic mechanic who loved to buy, fix up, then sell old cars, and sometimes he kept some for his own collection. He was also an avid hunter in his younger days.
In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by a son, Lt. Clair J. Love; brother, William Hickman; and sister, Gertrude "Trudy" McHale.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Mignon "Mickey," whom he married Sept. 13, 1989, in Camp Hill; three children, William H. (Bonnie) Love, Wernersville, Doris A. (Andrew) Dickerson, San Diego, Calif., and Teresa J. (Dale) Speicher, Myerstown; four stepchildren, Richard M. (Johnette) Seecof, Latrobe, Sharon K. (Michael) Merrick, Alexandria, Va., Tracy A. Grogan, Munhall, and Brad W. Seecof, Southampton; six grandchildren, Ellen, Joshua, Olivia, Tyler, Katie and Stephanie; nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors. Pastor Eugene Shiffer will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., Shippensburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010.
Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, Inc.
112 West King Street
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 8, 2014