Lt Col Robert Martin Passed Away

Sad to announce that Lt Col (retired) Robert “Bob” Martin passed away this past Sunday, 18 Dec 2016.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, 22 December 2016, at the Etzweiler Funeral Home.

Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 East Market St. York, PA.

Service is at Greenmount Cemetery after Visitation at 11:00 a.m.

Eugene L. Eckenrode Obiturary

w0022838-1_20161103July 20, 1940 – November 3, 2016
Eugene L. “Gene” Eckenrode, 76, of Chambersburg, passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Village of Laurel Run. Born July 20, 1940, in Amberson, PA, he was the son of the late Lee and Margaret Culbertson Eckenrode.
Gene was a 1958 graduate of Shippensburg High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy for three years and 20 years with the 193rd Special Operations Group of the PA Air National Guard. During his time with the 193rd, Gene served as a Communications Specialist where he participated in major exercises around the world. He also served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. His duties allowed him to fly on an EC-130. Gene was employed as a Production Controller at Letterkenny Army Depot for 26 years until his retirement in 2007. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He loved to fly and had his private pilot’s license. Gene was a member of the Marine Corps League, George Washington Lodge #143 F&AM, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Valley Forest #145, Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club, Harrisburg Consistory, the AmVETS Post 224, Shippensburg VFW Post 6168, the Hub City Club in Shippensburg, the 193rd Special Operations Wing Association and the Dry Run American Legion Post 232 where he served as Adjutant, was on the Board of Directors for several years and was a faithful member of the Color Guard never missing a funeral or a parade.
Gene is survived by his wife, Susanne Nitterhouse Eckenrode, whom he married on October 20, 2000; his son, Jeffrey and wife, Rebecca of Chambersburg; granddaughter, Ashley Eckenrode (Brittany Miller) of Chambersburg; two nieces, Donna Brandt and husband, Gary of Shiremanstown, and Rebecca Dean (Eric Brown) of Fayetteville; and his nephew, Chuck Moyer and wife, Ali of Harrisburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eloise Rhinehart.
A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Amberson Union Cemetery, Amberson. The Rev. Murray B. Stevens will officiate. Military Graveside Honors will be provided by the Dry Run American Legion Post 232 Color Guard. The family will receive friends for an informal gathering with food and fellowship at Eugene’s residence on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 3544 North Progress Ave. Suite 205m Harrisburg, PA 17110 or to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at

Published in Public Opinion on Nov. 4, 2016

Bill Thomas Passed Away

e011b73e-7d92-4581-a28b-6284432a6086William C. Thomas, 66, of  Hegins, passed away Saturday at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in York Springs, July 16, 1950, a son of the late Sterling and Blanche Milhimes Thomas.

Bill was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.  He served for over 30 years with the Air Force National Guard.

He retired as a heavy equipment operator from the Air National Guard, Middletown.

He was of the Methodist Faith. He was a member of the Tower City Loyal Order of Moose, Renova American Legion,Dillsburg VFW, Valley View Gun Club and a social member of the Valley View VFW.  He also was a driver for the Hegins Area Ambulance.

His greatest joys were spending time with his family, he was extremely proud of his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Renee Unger Thomas; two step-children, Sonya Raho and James J. Carl (Valarie) both of Tower City; six grandchildren; two sisters, Roxie Sultzbaugh, Dillsburg and Helen Bretz, Fredericksburg; three brothers, Robert Thomas, York; Donald and Jay Thomas both of Dillsburg. Nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held  Friday at 10 am  from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City with Pastor Annette Shutt. Burial with military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service. To sign the guestbook visit

Lt. Col. John “Jack” W. Martin Obituary

JackMartinLt. Col. John ‘Jack’ W. Martin of Parkesburg Lt. Col. John “Jack” W. Martin, Pennsylvania Air National Guard (Retired), 93, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Born in Sadsburyville, he was the son of the late Norman G. Martin and Edith Cowan Martin. He is survived by a sister, Marian Martin Stoner and is predeceased by a brother, Thomas Cowan Martin. He graduated from Coatesville Scott High School in 1940 and received a degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University in 1947. He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 (WW II) and flew B-26 Marauder, B-24 Liberator, and the B-29 Superfortress bombers. In 1947, he joined Lukens Steel Company, where he became District Sales Office Supervisor, Supervisor of Sales Administration, and then Superintendent of Production Control Planning and Scheduling; retiring in 1984. As a member of the Air National Guard, his F-51 Mustang Fighter Squadron was called to active duty in 1951 for the Korean War, next flying F-84 Thunderjets before going to Korea in 1952 flying F-94 Starfire jet fighters. Upon returning, he was named Commanding Officer of the 148th Fighter Squadron, PA ANG; retiring in 1964. In addition to being a 60 year member of the Brandywine Goddard Masonic Lodge, he was Scoutmaster of Troop #54 BSA, member of the Chester County Airport Authority, Area Captain of United Charities, Building Campaign Subscription Chairman for Sadsburyville Fire Company, and member of Sadsbury Township Zoning Hearing Board. Jack held the longest standing membership at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church in Parkesburg, Pa., having joined in 1930, and since served as co-chairman for two church building-addition campaigns, as well as serving as Trustee, Elder, and Treasurer for 20 years. Jack is survived by children with his first wife, Virginia Wood Martin (who passed away in 1988), Norman W. Martin and wife Rhonda Martin, of Cypress, Texas and Barbara M. Page and husband Wayne Page, of Houston, Texas, as well as two grandchildren, Jason Martin and Ashley Page, and six step-grandchildren. He is survived by his present wife, Marguerite Scott (Richardson) Martin, and her two children, Linda Richardson Handy and husband William Handy, of Coatesville, Pa. and Thomas Richardson and wife Susan Richardson of Parkesburg, Pa. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Laurie Sarosi, Carrie Avery, William Handy Jr., Tyler Richardson, and Lisa Richardson, as well as five great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, Parkesburg, PA at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 19. Friends and family may visit from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts are requested to be made to the Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church.

Richard Alan McHose, Sr.

Richard Alan McHose, Sr.
February 27, 1945 – May 14, 2016
Richard Alan McHose, Sr., age 71, of North Platte, NE, passed away at
home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Rick was born February 27, 1945, to Robert, Sr. and Helen McHose in
West Reading, PA. He grew up in Berks County, PA until the family
relocated to Dauphin, PA when Rick was 11. He graduated in 1963 from
Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, PA.
In 1965 Rick joined the 193rd Special Operations Group of the
Pennsylvania Air National Guard and served until he retired in 1994.
Following his retirement, Rick worked for the Central Pennsylvania Blood
Bank for eight years then retired in 2003.
On June 24, 1967, Rick was united in marriage to Mary Louise Klahr at
Reading, PA and they lived in Middletown, PA for six months until
settling in Elizabethtown, PA. In 2006 Rick and Mary moved to North
Platte where they attended and supported the Berean Church.
Rick was a lifetime member of the 193rd S.O.W. as well as a member of
the National Rifle Association and P.R. Halligan Post #163 American
Legion. He was an avid gun collector and liked to hunt before he got
married. Rick always enjoyed fishing but after moving to Nebraska, he
really enjoyed fishing!
He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Mary, of North Platte; son,
Richard, Jr. ‘Rick’ (Shawnaa) McHose, of Spokane, WA; daughter, Nancy
(Ryan) Hershey, of Frederick, MD; four grandchildren, Ryan McHose,
Ashlee McHose, Chase Hershey and Aidan Hershey; brothers, Robert, Jr.
(Susan) McHose, of Harrisburg, PA, and Terence McHose, of Halifax, VA;
brothers-in-law, Howard Klahr, of North Platte, Robert (Carol) Klahr, of
Elk Grove, CA, James Klahr (Anthony Tuchscher), of New Brighton, MN
and Terry (Vickie) Klahr, of Council Bluffs, IA; and several nieces,
nephews and other family.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Robert, Sr. and Helen; sister,
Nancy Klahr; his brother, William; and in-law, Abraham Klahr and Esther
Klahr Shaw.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the North
Platte Berean Church with Pastor John Stone officiating. Burial with
military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Odean Colonial
Chapel at C & Sycamore which is in charge of arrangements. Condolences
may also be shared at In lieu of flowers memorials are to
the Wounded Warrior Project or Samaritan’s Purse.
Born: February 27, 1945
Place of Birth: West Reading, PA
Death: May 14, 2016
Place of Death: North Platte, NE