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Perry County Obituaries - July 11, 2020 logo 7/11/2020 By Perry County Times,


Joan M. Sholly, 71, of Mechanicsburg died Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at home.

She was born Oct. 16, 1948, in Minneapolis Minn., to the late Leslie and Esther Hilyar.

She attended New Life Baptist Church, New Cumberland; and enjoyed crafts, country music, eating tacos, sitting on the beach, visiting family in California, her dogs and spending time with family, particularly her grandchildren.

She was the widow of David M. Sholly Sr.

Surviving are six children, Paul Auman Jr., wife Michelle, of Camp Hill, John R. Auman, wife Darlene, of North Carolina, Thomas C. Auman, wife Rose, of Middletown, David M. Sholly Jr., wife Jenny, of Marysville, Elizabeth Sholly of Mechanicsburg and Joseph Lloyd Attilio Sholly, wife Ashley, of Mechanicsburg; nine grandchildren, Justin, Kayllyn, Isaiah, Alexandria, Taylor, Matthew, Christian, Maggie, Nathaniel and Baby Brook; and four siblings, Dusty Hilyar of California, Raymond Hilyar (wife Valerie) of Kentucky, and Tinker Hiem (husband Bill) and Robin Diaz, both of California.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Hilyar.

A graveside service was held July 6 in Slate Hill Cemetery, Camp Hill.

Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


A.E. “Bill” Balsbaugh, 99, of Monroe Lane, Duncannon, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his Penn Twp. home.

He was born Dec. 2, 1920, in New Cumberland to Alvie E. and Ruth (Parthemore) Balsbaugh.

He was a good neighbor, community-minded and a kind and gentle man. He was member of Christ Lutheran Church, Duncannon, a board member and past president of Duncannon Senior Citizens, former member of Duncannon Borough Council, and board member of Union Cemetery.

He owned and operated Balsbaugh’s Clothing Store. He had been the manager of Amity Hall Restaurant, Duncannon, and Water Gap Lunch of Dauphin.

He enjoyed restoring antiques, caning chairs, traveling, cooking holiday meals and delivering Meals on Wheels. He was proud of the fact that he never missed an election and was a member of the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame.

He was the widower of Lois (Miller) Balsbaugh.

Surviving are two sons, Jim Balsbaugh and wife Dianna of Duncannon and Jon Balsbaugh and wife Donna of Mechanicsburg; eight grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Balsbugh.

A service was held July 3 in Boyer Family Funeral Home, Duncannon, with chaplain Kenneth Fornicola officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Duncannon.


Ronald Lee Flenner, 78, of New Bloomfield died Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

He was born March 26, 1942, in Lewistown to the late Walter and Edna (Cherry) Flenner.

He was a Vietnam War veteran who served in the Air Force; a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church on Falling Springs Road, Landisburg, proud member of VFW and American Legion.

He was the owner of Flenner Pest Control in Illinois for 22 years and was a truck driver for Yellow Freight. He was a billiards champion and enjoyed hunting. He was known to be firm in his beliefs and to treat others fairly; he was a friendly, cordial and wise man.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Lucille, of New Bloomfield; a son, Steve of Oklahoma; a sister, Ethel Bowden of Maryland; two grandchildren, Sara York and Katie Guinn, both of Illinois; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jane Flenner of Mechanicsburg.

He was preceded in death by 13 siblings, Pauline, Marge, Faye, Gladys, Louise, Betty, Dorothy, Thelma, Jim, Billy, Eugene, Albert and Allen.

A service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, in his church, 800 Falling Springs Road, Landisburg, with the Rev. David Lusk officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial, with military honors, will be in the church cemetery.

Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church, 800 Falling Springs Road, Landisburg 17040.


Paul N. Smith Jr., 83, of Enola died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at home.

He was born in Pittsburgh to Paul N. Sr. and Virginia P. (Koch) Smith.

He retired from Rite Aid Corporation; was an Army veteran, serving as a paratrooper; a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Marysville, American Legion Post 340; and enjoyed socializing with friends, watching Pittsburgh sports, caring for his family, and supporting the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Surviving are his wife, Mary A. (Wallace) Smith; two sons, Howard E. Urich Jr. (Nancy) of Duncannon and Michael R. Urich (Cynthia) of Midland, Texas; four grandchildren, Jason Urich (Cindy) of Duncannon, Amy Petrucci (Nicholas) of Duncannon, Christopher Urich (Jennifer) of Georgetown, Texas, and Jaime Geric (James) of Midland, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Hill.

Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Home, Duncannon, handled arrangements.


Gerald R. “Jake” Gehr, 77, of Carlisle, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Shermans Dale to the late Morse Wayne and Dorothy Elizabeth (Comp) Gehr.

He retired from PPG Industries, Carlisle, with more than 40 years of service; and enjoyed Perry County history, collecting model trucks — especially the PPG die-cast collection — and visiting his friends at the former Carlisle Farmer’s Market Restaurant for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra L. (Turner) Failor Gehr; three brothers, James of Carlisle, Lyle of Shermans Dale and Wayne of Carlisle; a sister, Dottie Andersen of Florida; a stepdaughter, Sherri (Dale) Hawkins of Carlisle; feline companion, Duke; and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce Kretzing and Maggie Sohn.

A service was held July 6 in Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, with pastor Blanca Baker officiating. Burial was in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.


Sandra “Sandy” (Acri) Gutshall died Saturday, June 27, 2020.

She was loved by her family, friends and co-workers. She was a graduate of Susquenita and a member of Middlesex United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed volunteering, especially for the Blain Fire Company Auxiliary, and attending her grandson’s activities later in life. She enjoyed going to the beach, bingo, and estate sales (adding to her collection of chickens on the nest).

She was the widow of Donald “Donnie” Gutshall, who died in 2014. They spent most of their married life in Blain but moved to Boiling Springs in 2002 to be closer to to their daughter and grandson.

Surviving are a daughter, Dawn; a grandson, Andrew; and her dachshund, Slinky.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Layne, and a brother, Earl Shope.

A graveside service was held July 2 in Blain Cemetery.

Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blain Volunteer Fire Company or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.


Charles J. O’Hara, 89, of Carlisle died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at home.

He was born April 14, 1931, in Cumberland County to Charles and Hettie (Christ) O’Hara.

He was an Army veteran of the 11th Airborne Division, serving as military police at SHAPE military headquarters in Paris, France.

He worked as a mechanic in the forklift industry before his retirement. He was a race car owner at Silver Spring Speedway, where he built his own vehicles. He had a love for racing, especially NASCAR and attended the Daytona 500 for 50 years. He was very handy and could be relied on to fix anything, including electrical, carpentry and plumbing. He was a lifetime member of the Mechanicsburg Club.

Surviving are his wife, Frieda, with whom he would have celebrated their 68th anniversary in July; two daughters, Maureen Warick (husband Jarvis) and Sherry Kreitzer (husband Alan), both of Mechanicsburg; a sister, Sylvia Miller of Carlisle; four grandchildren, Carrie Warick-Smith (husband Tanner) of Washington, D.C., Alison Kreitzer (husband Seth) of Mechanicsburg, Ryan Kreitzer of Seattle, Wash., and Natalie Kreitzer of Washington, D.C.; three great-grandchildren, Harper and Emerson Smith and Nicolas Lightner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by seven siblings, William, George, Anna, Catherine, Edith, Alice and David; and two infant twin granddaughters.

Hoffman Funeral Home, Carlisle, handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Pine Grove Church of God, 2064 Newport Road, Newport 17074.


Angela Shank, 50, died Friday, June 26, 2020.

She was born April 3, 1970, to Betty Lou Owings of Shermans Dale and the late John Hoffman.

She was a fiery, red-headed lady who loved to smile, joke and laugh. She bravely fought a five-year battle with cancer. She was loved by her family and friends.

Her best friend Rob said of her, “She was the bravest person I knew.”

She was an artist who loved to paint animals. Her favorite animals were Muncy, her feline companion, big horses and roosters. Her favorite activities included riding motorcycles, watching television shows “The Big Bang” and “World’s Funniest Videos,” and partying with friends.

In addition to painting, she worked as a machine operator for Warrel Corporation and Arnold Logistics, both in Camp Hill, and Industrial Harness in Shippensburg. She was a social member of the American Legion in Newport.

In addition to her mother, surviving is a son, David Shank (partner Taylor) of Newville.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 10, in Nickel Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home, Loysville. COVID policies of mandatory masks to enter the building and social distancing will be observed. Masks preferred inside the building, but not required.


Shirley A. Landis, 76, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at her home in Tuscarora Twp., Millerstown.

She was born Sept. 29, 1943, to the late Perry and Rebecca (Sheriff) Campbell.

She was a trustee of the Eshcol Cemetery, Millerstown.

Surviving are three sons, Terry Campbell of Millerstown, Perry Landis of Carlisle and Michael Landis of Newport; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Roxann Landis.

A service was held July 3 in David Myers Funeral Home, Newport. Burial was in Eshcol Cemetery, Millerstown.


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