Gerald Hamilton

Gerald E. Hamilton

Tuesday, February 21st, 1939 - Monday, May 24th, 2021
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Gerald E. Hamilton, 82, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Monday morning, May 24, 2021 at ManorCare Health Services. Born February 21, 1939 in Letterkenny Township, he was a son of the late Rankin R. and Mary J. Mackey Hamilton. He was a graduate of the former St. Thomas High School and served honorably in the US Air Force. Early in his life Gerald had worked as a plumber. He then went to work for Conrail and later Norfolk Southern retiring as a safety officer after nearly 30 years with the railroad. He was a faithful member of King Street United Brethren Church and the Men’s Burton Bible Class. He enjoyed serving as an usher and greeter as well as occasionally driving the church van. He was a member of Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW, Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion, Hume-McNeil-Byers AmVets Post 224, and the Marine Corps League, all in Chambersburg. Gerald served as President of the St. Thomas High School Alumni Association. He enjoyed golf and gardening and especially liked helping his family and friends. His wife, Donna Joyce Pheil Hamilton, whom he married October 26, 1968, preceded him in death on May 30, 2011.

He is survived by his daughter, Crystal L. Fennen and husband James Fennen, II of Chambersburg; three grandchildren, Lauren A. Ackerman and husband Ryan, Adam H. Fennen and wife Alexandria, and Alexander Q. Fennen; as well as his great-grandson, Landyn Ackerman. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by twelve brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 28, 2021 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Ronald Cook will officiate. Interment with military honors conducted by members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will follow at Parklawns Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday and from 10:00-11:00 AM Friday at the funeral home.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Primetimers, c/o King Street Church, 56 North Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 11:00am
    Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Road
    Cha 17202


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Linda Gossert

Posted at 10:24am
Crystal & family, I just today learned of Gerald’s passing. He was my favorite brother of my Uncle Roy and has always had a special place in my heart. I wish I’d known sooner so as to pay my last respects. Just know I hold you all in my prayers for your loss.
Linda (Adams) Gossert

Nicole yoder

Posted at 11:30pm
( Crystal, Jim, Lauren, Adam, Alex ( & the Rest of the “Family” )Thinking of you “ALL” during this time of loss , I met Gerald through his Son in law, & grandson’s at Scout Troop 138 as I am one of the leaders ! He was Always very involved in his Families lives, I can remember his SMILING Face, he seemed to Always have a smile. I can remember him bringing extra cakes for our Troop Annual bar b q too help us out ! 🙂😊 Great Man, who I know has impacted many lives, & leaves those he knew w/ wonder memories !!!! ( Nicole Yoder )

James Fennen Sr. & Louise Swope

Posted at 10:39pm
Gerald you served your country, your family and your community very well, I am sure your hearing job well done my son from our Lord. Rest in Peace
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Barbara A Brohawn

Posted at 04:15pm
Gerald will be missed by the Alumni of STHS. I really appreciated his sense of humor & southern gentle man style.
He was definitely the MASTER of ceremony for our annual Alumni meeting. Unfortunately we were not able to hold it in 2020.
I have not seen Gerald for a year & did not realize he had been ill.He gave such excellent care for his wife & I know GOD provided him with loving ,caring people during his journey HOME.
My prayers of PEACE that only GOD can provide for the family as you remember your beloved GERALD, Barbara Andrews Brohawn class of 1960

Rick Hugendubler

Posted at 06:52pm
About six years ago, I was approached about becoming a Sunday School teach for the Burton Men's Class at King Street Church. I wasn't sure I could do it, as I felt intimidated due to the fact the most men had been members BEFORE I was born. I finally agreed to do it and I am SO glad I did. Gerald Hamilton was class president and his warm, humorous and encouraging manner quickly put me at ease. For time, my wife volunteered in a Sunday School class for 3-5 year olds. Once a month, they would bring the kids to sing to the Burton Men. Often, Gerald would see to it that each kid would get a toy. Gerald will be missed!

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