1969 JHHS Pioneer Memorial Page

A Tribute


Ronald Acri

Ronald L. Acri, 66, most recently of Frey Village, Middletown, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Fox Subacute, Mechanicsburg from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Kimberly Acri. He is survived by family, including his parents, James and Eleanor R. Acri of Frey Village; his brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Estella (Sue) Acri of Ocean City, MD; a daughter; two grandchildren; and his many caregivers and friends. Ron was an inspiration to others throughout his life. Diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 39, Ron exhibited a "can do" attitude about every challenge he encountered. He was one of the first Parkinson's patients in Central Pennsylvania to have Deep Brain Stimulators bilaterally implanted, and was convinced he would live to see a cure for his disease. He had a deep faith in God and was a founding member of Unity Church of Palmyra. An avid golfer, Ron enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He was a four-year varsity letter winner in both Cross Country and Track, and graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. He completed the Harrisburg Marathon twice.

Patriot News, posted July 5, 2017



William Eugene Benson

William, aged 67 passed way suddenly on December4, 2018 in Lewes, DE. Born in Carlisle on March 19, 1951, graduated from John Harris H.S.in 1969, served in the Army from 1969 to 1974. Bill is survived by his wife Mabel Barry Benson, daughter Kelsea Dell, sister Jane, brothers Richard, James and Donald, special in-laws Bill and Melody Barry, “favorite niece” Jillian Dietz, and a host of extended family, in-laws, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap on Friday

Patriot News, posted January 11, 2019



Robert Bollinger



Janice (Bowers) Waldick

"Our classmate, Janice (Bowers) Waldick, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fl. - JHHS Class of 1969 Facebook Page

Oliver Boyd d. January 15, 2017


Barry Brown



Guy Brown

Guy's father George (senior) amd brother George are well. Thank you both for welcoming me into your home as you have always done, over the years. Thank you Guy for your friendship and for opening my eyes to the world beyond. Your creative genius was no greater than the generosity with which you shared it.

Glenn White, posted December 2004



JoAnne Brown



Lawrence Cox



Ralph Crabbe

Donna, Guy, Howdy...; it's autumn, a time after summer and before winter. It's also the autumn of our lives, as we bid farewell to so many of our friends from childhood and teen years. Ralph, ubiquitous briefcase notwithstanding, was as enthusiastic about his vainglorious dreams as any of us were about our own, as members of that starry-eyed, artzy-fartzy 13th Street clique. I have fond, fond memories of you my friend, and of those years. Rest in pursuit of knowledge, as you always have.

Glenn White, posted November 13, 2018



Betty M. Haith, September 2, 2004

Betty M. Haith Betty M. Haith, 54, of Mulberry Street, Harrisburg, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2004 at Holy Spirit Hospital. She was a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School and retired from the Common-wealth of PA, Dept. of Revenue.
Patriat News



René Diggs-Hudson, July 2, 1951 - March 4, 2009

René's Obituary

Thank you Dolly Windfield-Tate, for getting us a copy of the Homegoing program, posted March 16 2009



Lydelle Dively



Craig Ebling, October 14 1950 - January 18, 2008

Craig F. Ebling, 57, of 313 M West Shady Lane Enola PA died Sunday evening January 27 2008 at his residence. He was born October 14 1950 in Bloomsburg PA the son of Emily M. Riley Ebling Riverside PA and the late William J. Ebling who died January 18 2008. He graduated from John Harris High School Harrisburg PA in 1969. He was employed as a carpenter with Carlton B. Geeseman Construction in Hershey PA. He enjoyed dogs. An avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Phillies. He also enjoyed playing softball and was a former member of Quigley’s softball team in Harrisburg PA.

A devoted father, he is survived by one son Steven C. Ebling of Enola PA and one daughter Lindsey M. Ebling of Knightdale, North Carolina; both of whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is one brother William J. “Skip” Ebling II of Riverside PA and two sisters; Ann L. Neubaum Hummelstown PA and Susan L. Lippert and her husband Mervin of Halifax PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.



Terry L. Eisner, November 7, 1951 - December 22,2011

Terry L. Eisner, Sr., age 60, of Dauphin, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born November 7, 1951 in Harrisburg, PA. He was a retired Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg and from the U.S. Postal Service.Terry was President of Allison Hill Men's Republican Club; member of the Tri-County Softball League; coached with Harrisburg South Midget Baseball League and the Dauphin Recreation League; and served in the PA National Guard.He was preceded in death by his son, Terry L. Eisner, Jr. and his daughter, Tara L. Eisner.Surviving are his wife, Patti A. (Platt) Eisner; his daughter, Nikki Marie Eisner of Dauphin, his parents, Gerald L. and Sylvia (Esterline) Eisner; two brothers, Jerry L. Eisner, Jr. (and wife, Louella) of New Bloomfield and Randolph Allen Eisner (and wife, Theresa) of Harrisburg; two sisters, Linda L. Reichwein of Dauphin and Carol C. Eisner (and companion, Jeff) of Enola; and several nieces and nephews.(Patriot News).



Marva Elby



Stephen R. Fackler, d. August 27, 2016


Cindy Fahnestock March 29, 1951 - January 8, 2014


Cindy L. (Fahnestock) Koser, 62, of Harrisburg, entered into eternal life on Wednesday January 8, 2014, in her home with family at her side. She was born March 29, 1951 in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Edward S. Fahnestock and Cecelia P. (Weakland) Fahnestock.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jeffrey E. Koser; two sons, Michael D Wevodau (Cailen) of Yelm, WA, and Alan E Wevodau of Copperas Cove, TX; and two daughters, Melanie S Koser, and Corinne E Koser, both of Harrisburg. She was an incredible sister to Rhonda Uhler (Larry) of Harrisburg, Brenda Messa (Frank) of Easton, and one brother, Chuck Fahnestock (Wendy) of Belleville, MI. She was "Gram" to four grandchildren, Colter Michael, Graycen Elizabeth, Anzley Grace, and Marlee Michael.
Cindy graduated John Harris High School in 1969, Harrisburg Area Community College in 1991, Lebanon Valley College in 1992, and Dickinson School of Law in 1995. She established her solo practice assisting countless local families. Her tenacious spirit affected the lives of many. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, who will never forget her care and concern.

ThevPatriot News



Gary Fallings



Charles "Blue" Fields Sr., September 2, 2014


Charles R. "Blue" Fields, Sr., 64, of Beacon Dr., Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal life on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hospital.
He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Calvin and Roselina (Spencer) Fields, a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School, a former member of the PA National Guard, a retired Harrisburg City Firefighter, a member of the Int'l Firefighters Assoc. of Retirees & the Optimist Club and attended John Paul Scott Community Church. Blue was an avid sports fan, played Semi-Pro Football with the former Harrisburg Cowboys, was a Midget Football Coach and a Harrisburg Cougar Coach under Earl Mosley and George Chaump.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Tarina Fields Price and he leaves to celebrate his life, his wife of 42 years, Karin (Pierce) Fields; his daughters, Tara Fields of Clairton, Sundra Holly of Harrisburg and Sarah Fields of Chambersburg; his sons, Charles R. Fields, Jr. of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Salaman "Sy" and Larry McCraw, both of Harrisburg, Naji and Jeremiah Selvey, both of Chambersburg; his bother, Marvin A. Palmer; his sisters, Charlotte Mitchell, Helen and Tonja Jackson, all of Harrisburg and Crystal Fields of North Carolina; his 30 grandchildren; his ten great- grands and a host of other relatives and friends.



Sammuel Leon Floyd d. December 9, 2013

"Floyd, Sammie Leon age 62, passed away December 9, 2013 in Minneapolis. Funeral services for Sammie will be held Friday, December 20, at 11:30 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, St. Paul (east of the intersection of MN 55 and Bloomington Rd). Interment to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Davies Chapel 612-377-2203 Published on December 17, 2013"

Published on December 17, 2013



Alan "Rusty" Ford, May 12,1950 - October 12, 2006

Alan R. "Rusty" Ford, age 56, of South 18th St., passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at Shepherd's Choice Nursing Home in Gettysburg. He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Floyd and Rebecca Porter Ford, was a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School and a former employee of the City of Harrisburg. "Rusty" leaves to celebrate his life, his daughter, Stacey Harris of Woodbridge, VA; his sons, Henry Bradley, Alan Proctor, Ushaumed, Khalil and Nieem Franklin; his sisters, Roxanne Walden and Kathy Ford-Waters; his brothers, Floyd Q. and Douglas Ford, all of Harrisburg; his nine grandchildren and one great grand and a host of other relatives and friends.

His life will be celebrated Wednesday, October 18th, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Harris A.M.E. Zion Church, 915 N. 17th St., with visitation from 10:30 until 11 a.m. and burial in William Howard Day Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton.

Published in the Patriot-News on 10/16/2006.



George A. Framklin Jr., February 26, 2015


George A. Franklin, Jr., 63 of Harrisburg passed suddenly on February 26, 2015. He was born in Cope, South Carolina to the late George A. Franklin, Sr. and Bessie Franklin. George was a member of Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church and retired from Harrisburg Area Community College as Vice President of Finance and College Resources. Along with his mother George leaves to celebrate his life his devoted wife Caroline, children; Karlee and Kelley Franklin, Keenan Roberts, siblings; Alice McArthur, Anthony and Timothy Franklin, 3 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.



Gary L. Grady d. Feb, 18, 2010

"Gary L. Grady, 58, of Harrisburg died on Thursday at home. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of Joseph and Betty J. (Prowell) Grady. He is survived by his former wife, Antoinette Heisse; 2 sons, Brendan and Colin; a brother, Richard, and a sister, Donna Annis, and her husband, Christopher; a niece, Ashley, and nephew, Cody, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends."

The Patriot News



Billie J. Gray, 1950 - October 7, 2010

"When I come to the end of my journey and traveled my last weary mile..." Billie J. Gray, 60, of Harrisburg, passed peacefully at home on Friday, October 3, 2010. She enjoyed art, reading, writing and entertaining. Billie recently retired from the Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Revenue as a Research Analyst Supervisor. She leaves to celebrate her life and memory her children, Diamond C. and Trent D. Gray of Harrisburg, two siblings, Sandy Mundy of Philadelphia and Barry Gray of Harrisburg and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Services will be held at The Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell United Methodist Church, 2221 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., visitation at 10:00 a.m. Her final resting place will be in William Howard Day Cemetery. Hooper Memorial Home, Inc. is caring for and handling Ms. Gray's arrangements."

The Patriot News



Michael Green



Bruce Hardy, Deceber 16, 2010



Ruby Hartman, April 13, 1951-August 21, 2012

Ruby Hartman-Porr, 61, of Middletown passed away at her home on August 21, 2012. She was born on April 13, 1951, daughter to the late Henry K. and Alma K. (Large) Hartman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Deere. She graduated from Temple University, at Harrisburg, in 1999 with a Masters of Science in Social Work. She taught at Harrisburg Area Community College as recently as the 2012 Spring Semester. She was a member of the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She was a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross, and was a member of the critical incident stress management teams for Dauphin and Lancaster Counties. She was alsoa member of Chambers Hill United Methodist Church.
Patriat News and additional sources



John G. Hocker, January 6, 2014



Lawrence Hoey, February 28, 1951 - July 27, 2000



Mary Honafous, December 7, 1951 - December 28, 2004

A Tribute

Debbie (Hall) Palmer, posted January 23, 2005

A Tribute

Don Elfenbein, posted January 6, 2005



Remembrances of Larry Hoey

Don Elfenbein, posted December 2004


Barbara Howard


Donna Jackson

As one grows older, the false dichotomies of so-called "race" and of class are milled into the singular, imposing truth of mortality. Whether part of your clique or not, one begins to appreciate every classmate, for the shared anguish of adolescent angst and insecurity. All the more gut-wrenching is the loss of those siblings in your neighborhood or grade school cliques; friends with whom you circled the wagons, against the then piercing taunts, gossip and bullying. I love you Donna. We showed 'em gurlfrien': kick-ass human beacons DO come outta no-name hometowns! We dared dream, eyes opened and while wide-friggin' awake, 'cause they can only hurt you if they steal your joy and will to love. And SUCKA_A-A-H-Z, dem cyan nevah do dat! As kind and caring a person as has walk this earth. Love you DJ - Glenn White June 3, 2016



Spencer Jackson, July 8, 1995


Anthony Jones, July 3, 2011


Dale W. Jones, circa 1995


Gitta Jovic-Bortner, d. May 23, 2009



Robert Kanarr, February 23, 1995

Robert J. Kanarr, 43, of Evergreen, Colorado, died Thursday in the Life Care Center. He was head-end technician for Jones Intercable's Colorado Systems; attended Pennsylvania State University; played soft ball with the Evergreen Micro World team; and was a member of the Society of Cable Television Engineers


Ralph Keiffer, January 6, 1952 - June 10, 2016

Ralph F. Keiffer, 64, of Franklin Twp., Dillsburg, and formerly of Harrisburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, June 10, 2016, at LifeCare Hospital, Lower Allen Twp. He retired from Vertis Communications, Philadelphia. Born on January 6, 1952, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Ralph L. and Ruth R. (Sherrick) Keiffer. Ralph was a loving father and grandfather. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Tracey M. and Barry L. Myers of Mechanicsburg; a son and his wife, Craig P. and Maria A. Keiffer of Miami; two brothers, John Keiffer and William "Bill" White of Camp Hill; two sisters, Mary Bostdorf of Harrisburg and Betty Bruestle of Reading.

Patriat News



Robert Kline


James J. Lackey, May 9, 1951-April 7, 2013

James J. Lackey, 61, of Susquehanna Twp., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home. Born May 9, 1951, he was son of the late James J. Lackey, Sr. and Martha E. (Schaffer) Lackey. Surviving are two sisters, Linda (Eddie) Stambaugh and Joan Shuey; a niece, Tammi (Kenny) Crowl; a nephew, David Stambaugh; 3 great-nephews, James and Justin Crowl and Cody Stambaugh; and his beloved cat, Verna.
Patriat News



Alfred Mackey, August 25, 2007


Leah Martin-Roche

Leah Roche was born Leah Martin in 1951 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania to the lovely Jane A. Wilson and beloved Clifford L. Martin. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, reading, and most of all sharing Love. Her 3 children Dara DeRóiste, Sinéad DeRóiste, Akilah Alcendor will always cherish memories of Mom sharing laughter, wisdom, and compassion. Her 3 grandchildren Cameron DeRóiste, Makayla & Marley Franklin who affectionately called her LALA (Love Always Love Always) will always remember her loving hugs, warm smile, and understanding.

Pariot News, posted November 29, 2016



Brian McEnany


Howard "Howdy" McKamey

You don't get many friendships that start in grade school and last into your autumn years. As rare are those friendships with seeming siblings, people you love as a brother or sister, except that they have different parents, for some unexplanable reason. Then again, Hickey or Mae would go up-side my head like my parents if need be... Growing up in the "Burg" was joyous, but frought with the confused expectations of a desegregating, post-war America, where many of us had our parochial egos badly bruised by media-induced ambitions to be rich, international and somehow better than where we came from - as if we hadn't had a wonderous upbringing. Howdy, Guy and many of you in that artzy-fartzy 13th St. clique recall working thourgh that adolescent angst, together with Howdy, brashly bellowing, "we're gonna be the badest shit since..." Love you Howdy. Embrace this new peace.

Glenn White, posted December 31, 2015



I loved how Howdy made me feel happy. He told it like it was, loved you like a sister ( or brother) and always had my back. I would run into him around town and always got that big, beautiful smile and a big hug!! I will miss him but am happy his suffering is over. RIP my friend. We will meet again.

Jann Shanaman, posted January 1, 2016



Michael D. Morton (Jabbar N. Khabir) October 29, 1950 - March 18, 2005

Jabbar's Obituary

The Patriot News, March 23, 2005, posted March 2005

A Daughter's Eulogy

Jamila Khabil, posted April 3 2005


Caroline Mosley d. January 5, 2010

Caroline Mosley, 58, of N. 15th St., trans-itioned into eternal life on Tuesday, January 5, 2009 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Gloria D. Mosley and the late John B. Devenshire, a 1969 graduate of John Harris High School, an employee of Pinnacle Health System, a member of Christ Assembly Fellowship and enjoyed singing.
Patriat News



Charles Orsinger, October 17, 1950-June 28,2010

Charles R. Orsinger, Jr., 59, of Harrisburg, entered into rest on Monday, June 28, 2010 at Hershey Medical Center. Born October l7, 1950 in Harrisburg to the late Charles R. and Mamie K. (Hill) Orsinger. He was a Graduate of John Harris High School Class of l969, President of the Bistline Resident Council, he received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in Paris Island in l969. A member of West Shoreman Drum and Bugle Corp, Charles was an avid Harrisburg Courgars Football fan and loved the Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics.
Patriat News



Patricia "Patty" Packer-Zerbe, March 14, 1951, August 13, 2017

Patricia Packer-Zerbe peacefully left us from her home in Seven Stars on Sunday, August 13th. Her husband Darrell & children Falon Farrar & Zachary Quinn Zerbe loved her dearly. Patricia was a thoughtful & creative individual who would move the stars to see her family & friends smile.


I just learn of Patty,s passing. My wife and I are very sad for your families lost. She was a very dear friend of mine since junior high and will be missed. With Loving Memories - Michael Osborn, posted Sun May 20, 2018.


Patty and I started together in Miss Michlovitz’s first grade class at Webster Elementary. We attended Shimmel Elementary, Edison Junior High School, and John Harris together. I moved to Florida two years after graduation and she was not big on attending reunions. So, we kinda lost touch. I am so glad she decided to join us at The Wharf a couple of summers ago for an informal gathering of classmates...a beautiful girl with a sweet soul. - Jim Dunmoyer, posted May 23, 2018.



George Pagnato, December 27,2012


Raymond E. Pendelton Sr. December 17, 2002

Raymond E. Pendelton, Sr., 52 of Foster Street, passed away Wednesday at home. He was a graduate of John Harris High School; was a member of New Hope Living Baptist Church, Steelton and was employed by Francis For Fords.



James Penn, November 25, 2012


Bernadette_Peterson, d. January 21, 2016

Bernadette L. Peterson, 64, of Geary St., Harrisburg, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Lorraine Wells Peterson and the late Kenneth A. Peterson, Sr., a graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School, attended Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, retired from the former Harrisburg State Hospital, a member of John Paul Scott A. M. E. Zion Church and in her leisure, was an avid reader and loved singing.



Kerry Jo Runkle-Good, - March 18, 2009

Kerry's Obituary


Jack L. Sanford, d. December 22, 2009

Jackie L. Sanford, Sr. Jackie (Jack) L. Sanford, Sr., 58, of Dauphin, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 in Spring Creek Rehab & Nursing Center after an extended illness. He was born in Hope Mills, NC, and was raised in Harrisburg. He graduated from John Harris High School in 1969. He worked various jobs in Harrisburg over the years. Before he became ill, he was last employed by Sunrise Landscaping in Dauphin. He loved sports, especially the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
Patriat News



Charles Scott, June 1, 1969


David Smith, d. August 14, 1969



John Smith

I remember John from grade school. We went to Lincoln Elementery together. He live around the corner on 16th St. I remember him most for flipping my off his back in fifth grade, in response to my horsing around in class when the teacher was called out of the classroom. I remember that he died only a few years after graduation of a heart attack, in the 1970s

Glenn White, posted March 2005



Judy Smith-Wilkerson, December 18, 2013

Judy H. Wilkerson 62, of Hummelstown, passed away peacefully, Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1951 to the late Jay Kenneth Smith and Sara Jane "Jenkins" Smith. Judy was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Harrisburg, she enjoyed traveling, going to the beach, and loved to spend time with her family, grandchildren, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas D. "Deedle" Wilkerson Jr. Judy is survived by her son Thomas D. Wilkerson III of Chambers Hill, her daughter Shannon R. Brown and son in law Andre of Harrisburg, three sisters Bonita Smertneck of Middletown, Sandy Patry of Middletown, and Liz Reynolds of Harrisburg, 4 grandchildren Andre Brown, Christian Brown, Justin Brown all of Harrisburg, and Lexis Wilkerson of Harrisburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Patriat News



Sheri Snyder



Warren Stillions

The last time most of us would have seen Warren was at the 2009 reunion, Born October 24, 1951, he passed away only a week later, on September 3, 2009



William Stoner



Betty Storm-Santiago, April 9, 2014
I remember being picked on and teased during much of my school life. I remember how, as bullies teased me, I in turn looked for others I could turn on. Betty Storm as I remember was kind and minded her business, even as I and others teased and bullied her for no good reason. Speaking for me and my life, when I pray, I am most concerned to ask forgiveness for those years and those unkind things I wish I'd known better than to do." - Glenn White



William "Ed" Swartz, February 28, 2006



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Stephen M. Thompson, 1950 - October 6, 2010

"Stephen Michael Thompson, 60, of Harrisburg, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in the peace and love of his home with his loving family surrounding him.He was born in Harrisburg, the fifth child of Mrs. Virginia D. Mappes, a 1969 graduate of the former John Harris High School, where he ran track, attended Harrisburg Area Community College and Penn State University, a former employee of Washington National Insurance Co., the City of Harrisburg and Dauphin County, a long time member of the Harrisburg Branch of the NAACP, where he served as the Chairman of the Political Action Committee and was past Chairman of the Harrisburg Republican Committee.
Steve was a devoted family man who truly loved the Lord. He was a kind, patient and encouraging parent and treasured his children, including King Harry.
He was a Philadelphia Eagles and a Phillies Fan, even though his wife is a Cowboy Fan. In his leisure, he was a great handy man and cook, enjoyed fishing, loved music, hanging out with his father-in-law, "Pop" and spending time with family and friends. Steve leaves to celebrate his life, his devoted wife, Vivian M. Thompson; his mother, Virginia D. Mappes; his sons, Justin M. Thompson, serving with the U. S. Army in Grafenwoher, Germany and Stephen M. Thompson, Jr. of Northumberland, PA; His daughters, Audra Crenshaw of York, Tina Holloman of Phoenix, AZ, Stephanie Thomas and Stevi Thompson; his sisters, Gloria House, Minerva Washington, Juanita Thompson, Elvira McBride, Christie Marshall and Cathy Tatum; his brothers, Bishop John Thompson, Sr., Leslie Thompson, Ronald Thompson, Elder Jamie Thompson, all of Harrisburg and Terrance Thompson of Aberdeen, MD; his 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grands; his aunt, Trudy Johnson of Harrisburg; his uncle, Robert Thompson, Sr. of Columbus, OH and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Patriot News



Van Tingley, November 26, 1951 - January 21, 2015

"Stephen Michael Thompson, 60, of Harrisburg, of the Harrisburg Republican Committee.
Edwin Van Loan "Van" Tingley, Jr., 63, of Dauphin, Pennsylvania passed away after a long and tiring battle with diabetes and a stroke that left him unable to enjoy and live life as he loved it best. A graduate of John Harris High School class of 1969, he played football and basketball. He was a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College and had attended Bloomsburg University. Van served in the U. S. National Guard for 12 years in its armored tank division. He also coached basketball for his children's youth teams. He was a great supporter of Central Dauphin East High School athletics and in particular, its football teams.
Van loved his family above all else, and is survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Debra Staples Tingley, and four children, Edwin Van Loan Tingley III of Linglestown; Jordan Marie Tingley of Harrisburg; Drew Aaron Tingley of Harrisburg; and his youngest daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth Tingley of Highspire. He is also survived by many loving relatives. He was predeceased by his brother Neal Tingley and his very much loved parents, Edwin Van Loan Tingley and Kathryn Vassil Tingley

Excepts from The Patriot News

My most vivid memories of Van are from childhood, the elementary school days. Indeed, I remember Van's parents and their profoundly loving and caring nature as much as I remember playing and clowing around in his childhood home, I believe on 15th Street. I didn't interact with Van much in high school, but can say, it would have been very difficult for him to be less that a loving husband and father, coming from the parents he was blessed to have. ...a stand-up guy. - Glenn White



Wilbert Tucker, September 7, 1970



Christine Wadley, April 28, 1998



Charles Wainright, February 1, 2002



Alonzo Walker

Alonzo was killed in an automobile accident while serving in the US Army. He was stationed in Germany at the time.

Glenn White, posted December 2004



James “Scotty” Watson, October 4, 1996



Terry Weikel



Leslie Weller, November 14, 1951-January 6, 2018
Leslie C. Weller "Les", 66, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill. He was born November 14, 1951 in Harrisburg. Les is survived by his wife Diane M. (Krehling) Weller, his mother, Peggy A. Weller, a sister, Connie L. Backstrom, three daughters, Tracey L. Kent and husband Adrian, Sherry A. Raymond and husband Mark, Cindy L. Mueller and husband Derek, five grandchildren, Katelyn Good, Abby Good, Amber Kent, Bailey Kent and Levi Raymond. He was preceded in death by his father Charles B. Weller. Les was an Army Veteran, a member of Local 143 IBEW for over 45 years. He was a retired from G.R. Sponaugles after working there for 38 years. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, eating out and drinking a nice cold beer. Les was a loving husband, father, son, brother and "PA PA". He loved his dogs, sitting on his porch swing listening to the "oldies", watching old cowboy shows in his recliner and spending time with his family.
Patriat News



Thomas Whitney




Having graduated high school in the same class as Tom, grey hair and illness notwithstanding, I have a hard time seeing anything in his recent photos other than his youthful sincerity, his love of life and people, and an exemplary character that was as evident in 1969 as it is in his biography of today. Love you, and my heart felt condolences to the Whitney family.

Glenn White, posted June 27 2013



Donald Winters



Emillie Wolfe


Kerry Yost


May 19, 1951 - September 19, 2016

Glenn White, posted October 25, 2018



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