Hays Whitsel

Hays B. Whitsel

Sunday, November 6th, 1927 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Hays B. Whitsel age 92, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, in the Chambersburg Hospital. Born November 6, 1927, in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, PA, he was the son of the late Richard D. and Fannie Gabert Whitsel.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Whitsel served honorably in WWII in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He participated in Operation Crossroads for both the Able and Baker atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll. He continued his service as a firefighter for the Letterkenny Army Depot for 35 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the George Washington Lodge #143, the NRA, National Association of Destroyer Veterans, Tin Can Sailor Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was also a life member of the Atomic Veterans, the American Legion Post 46, and the VFW Post 1599. Mr. Whitsel taught Red Cross First Aid for 24 years. He enjoyed his family, big game hunting out West and spending time at his farm in Huntingdon County.
Surviving are three sons, Bradford Whitsel (wife Tappey) of Chambersburg, PA, Timothy Whitsel (wife Cheryl) of Enterprise, OR, and Brian Whitsel (Karen Merisotis) of Chambersburg, PA; three grandchildren, Ryan Hays Whitsel (wife Peggy) of DeBary, FL, Amanda Whitsel Ingram (husband Benjamin) of Herndon, VA, and Madeline Lee Whitsel of Chambersburg, PA, two great grandchildren, Ava and Harper Ingram, and three siblings, Benjamin Whitsel, Warren Whitsel, and Eleanor Rohrer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ruth” Whitsel in 2012, and three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 10 AM at the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 S. Fourth St., Chambersburg, PA where Pastor Joel Nogle will officiate. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA and ½ hour prior to the service at the above church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Monroe Valley Cemetery, Cromwell Township, PA at 2:00 PM on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the N.R.A., National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:00am
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am
    Chambersburg Church of the Brethren
    260 S 4th Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 10:00am
    Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Road
    Cha 17202
    Rev. Joel F. Nogle
  • Interment

    Monroe Valley Cemetery
    Monroe Valley Rd.


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Danette Snyder

Posted at 07:16pm
Whitsels were wonderful RR#3 neighbors for a long time. Missed them when they moved. May Mr Whitsel RIP. --My Dad was a Tin Can Soldier too.
Dannie Snyder, Leedy Drive, Cbg

Grady McMullen

Posted at 10:33am
Brad so sorry to see the passing of your father. May you and the family find the peace and solitude that he shared with all of you.
My sincere condolences to all of you. He will be missed.

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Posted at 08:28am
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Posted at 08:12am
Rest in Peace, Uncle Hayes!....Stacy Baker-Cronmiller & Family
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Alice Hurwitz

Posted at 02:00pm
Hello, I was sorry to hear of the death of your father. I met him only once about two years ago. I am related to him as a first cousin once removed through his mother, Fannie Gabert Whitsel, who was the sister of my grandmother, Anna Blanche Gabert Krugh. You and I would be second cousins. I am Alice Price Hurwitz, born in Hill Valley, Huntingdon County, and now living in Carlisle. Hays came to my house in April 2018 to meet me and my cousin Bill Krugh. We had a really nice visit and shared information about family history and pictures. He was interesting, and he seemed to treasure the family history. We also found out to my surprise that he was the owner of the old Price Farm near Pogue. My great-great-grandparents on the Price side of my family lived there and are buried in the Price Cemetery. I have been to see that cemetery several times. I am very sorry for your loss of a real gentleman and a fine person. My sincere sympathies to you and all your families. Alice Price Hurwitz,

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