Carl Thatcher

Carl Thatcher

Friday, October 21st, 1932 Thursday, December 24th, 2020

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Obituary for Carl Wilmer Thatcher

Carl W. Thatcher, 88, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at Menno Haven. Born October 21, 1932, in Washington, DC, he was a son of the late Hugh and Marie Thatcher.

Raised on a farm in western Maryland, Carl was no stranger to hard work, especially after losing his father at an early age and having to take a year off school to run the family farm. Drafted into the Army in 1953, during the Korean Conflict, Carl completed his service in 1955, and then used the GI Bill to pay for college. After earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he went on to a long career in the Aerospace and Automotive industries, retiring in 1994. He had many successes in life, but would always point to his family as his greatest accomplishment. He built that same hard work ethic and respect for finishing a job into each of his children.

In truth, Carl’s successes and accomplishments were just by-products of living right. He was all substance, and zero window dressing. He was a man of his word, and finished what he started. He always put God first, family second, others third, and himself a distant last. He sacrificed his time, possessions, and comfort for others. Having never met a stranger, Carl made it a point to share the Gospel with every person he could. He left a positive impact wherever he went—right to the end—and will be missed by many.

His beautiful wife of 50 years, Margaret “Peggy” Louise (Taylor) Thatcher, whom he married June 25, 1966, preceded him in death on April 18, 2017.

Carl is survived by four children, JoEllen Thatcher of Franklin, TN, Jonathan Thatcher (wife Shanon) of Bradford, MA, Neil Thatcher (wife Tracy) of Orlando, FL, and Reggie Evers of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Nathanael, Mason, and Taylor Thatcher, all of Orlando. He is also survived by three siblings, David Thatcher of St. Petersburg, FL, Dorothy Decker of Greencastle, PA, and Donald Thatcher of Westminster, MD.

Carl’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Chambersburg Christian Missionary Alliance Church, with Pastor Jeff McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9:30-9:55 a.m. prior to the service. Online streaming of the service is available at

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Menno Haven Benevolent Fund,

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:00am
    Christian & Missionary Alliance Church
    230 Siloam Road
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    Saturday, January 9th, 2021
    9:30am - 10:00am
  • Service

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Christian Missionary and Alliance Church
    230 Siloam Road
    Chambersburg, PA
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    Saturday, January 9th, 2021
    Online streaming of the service is available at
  • Interment

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Ave.
    Chambersburg, PA
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Karen Thatcher Voigt

I was very sad to hear about the death of my Uncle Carl. I have so many fond memories of my parents taking my brother and I to see our Pennsylvania family. I have wonderful memories of eating Aunt Peggy's delicious cooking, visiting with my cousins, spending time with my grandmother, and catching field mice and taking them inside to scare my mother! What I admired most about Uncle Carl was his passionate love of God and family. What I most cherish is that, every time we would leave to go home, he would always tell me he was praying for me and I knew he really was! Rest in peace Uncle Carl - I am certain we will meet again one day! Love, Karen (Thatcher) Voigt
Comment | Posted at 03:09pm via Condolence

Ed and Angie Elbel

Carl was a tremendous man of God who loved and cared for others with all his heart and soul. It was a privilege to have him as a genuine friend and brother in Christ for the past 20 years since we both moved to the area around the same time. I love you Carl, and I know I will see you again, Gordon Peters
Comment | Posted at 11:08am via Condolence

Tim Thatcher

I loved my Dad's older brother, Carl, for being the awesome person he was. I have early memories of visiting Sellersville PA and enjoying exploring the property, tossing baseball or football with Jon, and visiting with Grandma and the Sellersville Thatchers. Uncle Carl loved the Lord and loved his family and it showed. As a man of God I was inspired by Uncle Carl. As a husband and father he led by example and I wanted to be like my Uncle Carl. He was a hero to many and I'm proud he was my Uncle. Three memories that will be with me forever: 1) He made it a point to arrange a visit to the Liberty Bell on July 3, 1976, the day before the Bicentennial and the only time I've ever seen the Liberty Bell. The tour guide yelled at me for crawling under the bell, which probably weighted a ton, and in hindsight probably was not a good idea. 2) He arranged a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game during the 1980 season. I loved him so much for doing that, and was so happy that my baseball hero hit 2 home runs in the first game of the double header. I really appreciated that he arranged that during their march to the World Series that year. 3) He went out of his way to attend my graduation from West Point. It meant a lot for him to be there on that important day for me. I have so many other great memories of our families sharing time together, and it meant a lot that Uncle Carl and Aunt Peggy made it possible. JoEllen, Jon, Neil, Reggie: Uncle Carl was a great man and you should be very proud he was your Dad. He and your Mom did very well in raising you and shaping the person each of you has become. Uncle Carl, I love you and will see you again someday. Thank you for all your kindness, advice, and love.
Comment | Posted at 05:43pm via Condolence

Gordon Peters

Tim described Carl as the man I've known for the past 20 years since I met Carl. He is a true man of God who cares about others and it was a privilege to know him as a genuine friend. I know I will see him again as well and I know his spirit will carry on here in the memories of all the many lives he has touched in a positive way. I love you Carl, your friend Gordon Peters
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