Nathan Hawbaker

Nathan H.C. Hawbaker

Friday, June 16th, 1950 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Mr. Nathan H.C. Hawbaker, 70, of Chambersburg, PA passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 in the Chambersburg Hospital.

Born June 16, 1950 in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Harry S.G. and M. Elizabeth (Sollenberger) Hawbaker. He graduated from the Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

He and his wife of nearly 48 years, Mrs. Laura A. (DeVos) Hawbaker, were married December 16, 1972 in Chambersburg.

Mr. Hawbaker was employed as a truck driver for many years, retiring from Gabler Trucking Inc. in October 2018. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing with his grandchildren, and snow-shoeing. He was a member of the United Mennonite Church, where he served as a minister.

In addition to his wife he is survived by five children, Peter J. Hawbaker (Carol) of Fairbanks, AK, Rachel S. Martin (Richard) of Chambersburg, Mary E. Sinnott of Chambersburg, Michael A. Hawbaker of York, PA and Joseph D. Hawbaker of Cleveland, OH; six grandchildren, Peter, Rebekah, and Sebastian Martin, Kayla Sinnott, and Robert and Charley McDaniel; and two sisters, Martha J. Hawbaker of Chambersburg and Ruth A. Beam (Paul) of Ontario, Canada.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two siblings, Benjamin L. and Miriam A. Hawbaker.

Friends and family are welcome to a memorial gathering that will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 21, 2020, in the Bear Valley Picnic Area. Burial will be private in Brechbill Cemetery, Chambersburg.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The American Red Cross for disaster relief.

Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 4:00pm
    Bear Valley Picnic Area
    Letterkenny Township, PA
    Directions to the Bear Valley Picnic Area is secluded between Broad Mountain and Kittatinny Mountain in Franklin County. It may be reached from: -Fort Loudon, by turning north on Bear Valley Road off old PA Route 30 on the east end of Fort Loudon -- a lovely wooded drive for 13 miles through the state game lands and state forest lands -Route 533, Upper Strasburg Road, traveling west from Upper Strasburg to Keefer Road at the summit of Blue Mountain, then three miles south to the picnic area
  • Interment

    Brechbill Cemetery
    Hamilton Township
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Christine Butler

Posted at 10:45am
I first met Nathan in 2011 when I was working for Volvo, and he was making deliveries to us while working for Gabler. I always found him to be a kind and gentle soul. In 2012, he began making almost daily deliveries and I enjoyed visiting with him while my warehouse team unloaded his trailer. When our facility closed in 2015, I missed him dearly, but changing jobs a year later and going to work for a company in Chambersburg afforded me opportunities to cross paths with my friend again. When I heard he retired last year, I was very happy for him, and deeply saddened today when I heard he had passed. I will carry fond memories of a kind man with me for the rest of my life. My prayers are with the family. I truly believe that Nathan had a positive impact on all who met him.

Laurie (Ortiz) Regan

Posted at 01:17pm
I have so many fond memories of family get togethers, church services and wonderful times spent around the dinner table full of the fruits of the family's gardening labors. Nathan will truly be missed. I pray God comfort those who are mourning his passing and much love to my extended family. I'm so grateful for you all.

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