Samuel Wenger

Samuel E. Wenger III

Wednesday, November 20th, 1957 - Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Samuel Earl Wenger, III of Frederick, Maryland, was born on November 20, 1957 in Chambersburg, PA, to Samuel E. Wenger, Jr., and Helen (Graham) Wenger, the third of six children and the eldest son. On Monday, November 23, 2020, just three days after his 63rd birthday, he died suddenly while hunting in one of his favorite places on earth, Smokehole, West Virginia, a truly majestic location.

A 1975 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, he married Caryl Jean Guyer on December 4, 1976 at the Shippensburg Church of the Brethren, and together they raised two wonderful children.

Sam could do anything. Early on he was a dairy farmer, milking his own registered herd. As the years went by, he began building homes in Chambersburg and the surrounding area, and in 1998 he began work as a “Critter Control” technician. He had many amusing “critter” stories and loved to share them anytime he had an audience.

He was an amazing finish carpenter and contractor, and had many loyal customers in Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Carroll County, Maryland. Sam loved God and the life he was given, he loved his work, he loved playing golf, and he dearly loved his family. He was always optimistic and encouraging, and he had the best sense of humor. He was a kind and caring husband, father, and “Pop-Pop” to his beloved grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Janelle C. (Warren) Baker and their three children, Carly, Thomas, and Caitlyn of Port Matilda, PA; and his son Jordan D. (Ashley Gardner) Wenger and their four children, Griffin, Ava, Ian, and Brayden, of Cincinnati, OH.

His parents also survive him, along with siblings Loretta (Dan) Hylton, of Fayetteville, PA; Nelson (Michelle) Wenger of Newburg, PA; Linda (Mike) Rowles, of East Waterford, PA; and Nevin (Melanie) Wenger, of Newville, PA, and many nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois A. Glass, in 2007.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 1:00 pm in Norland Cemetery, 2295 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences may be offered at
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 1:00pm
    Norland Cemetery
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  • Interment

    Norland Cemetery
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Brian Wetzel and Rachel Wilcox

Posted at 07:36pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers and love.
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Tighe Argenbright

Posted at 03:50pm
I believe I met Sam when I was in 6th grade when I would come over to hang out with Jordan. He was such a positive, easy going guy... always helping or encouraging with whatever we were getting into. Condolences to the family.

Don Walters

Posted at 11:47am
Sammy...still cant' believe will be sorely missed by all your golfing buddies...always e joyed our golf outings even when you won my money...a great sincere condolences to the family....Don Walters

Gary Vink

Posted at 03:02pm
The first time I met Sam & his wife, Caryl, was in their home on Tanya Drive in Chambersburg. My brother Greg & several other buddies were contemplating starting an investment club. That night, with Sam’s help, The Profiteers Investment Club was born. It lasted for over 25 years & ironically ended just a few short months ago.

During those 25 years, many people came & left but not Sam. He was there for the duration, and he was as solid as a rock, a humorous rock, as he loved to laugh, tell humorous stories & love life.

We would meet once a month & we all would look forward to Sam’s interesting tales of critters & clients. Eventually he branched out to doing contracting work, and he was very proud of that work. We looked forward seeing photos of his many projects while working with his good friend Jack Smith.

Sam loved to golf, as many of us in the Profiteers Club did, and golf we did. From Carroll Valley to South Hills Golf Courses, we hit the links, told stories, & most of all . . . we laughed! Sam even made a traveling Golf Trophy that contained a mallet that we received from the waitresses of Dave & Janes Crabhouse Resturant near Fairfield PA... One photo shows Sam’s handiwork.

I will never forget, and I believe it was hole # 7 at Penn National. Sam’s brother-in-law, Dale Guyer, was playing with us & Don Clapper. Par 3 over a giant pond. Dale was up with his faithful 7 iron & swish, over the pond it went, along with his 7 iron! It had slipped right out of his hands & landed in the middle of the pond! I looked at Sam to see if we should laugh or not, and Sam couldn’t help himself. He gave us that great smile & we all burst out laughing. Dale got the last laugh, though, as his ball landed 3 feet from the pin & he putted in for a birdie!! I have a hundred wonderful stories I could share about my wonderful great friend Sam.

During this Covid season, our last Profiteers’ meeting was held outside at Caledonia State Park. Sam always liked to have fun, and after we ate & had our meeting, Sam dug his cornhole game out of his truck that he, of course, had made & we played & we laughed.
I have a video of that time that I hope to share as a wonderful memory.

In February of this year, with the stock market high, Sam and I pulled half of our money out of the Investment Club, and began referring to each other as “half-brothers.” It was just another thing to laugh about!

Sam, your smile, laughter, sense of humor, advice, love, & many talents will be sorely missed by all of us. There will be an empty spot in all the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known you.

May you Rest In Peace my half-brother, and may we see you again when we go to meet our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Gary Vink

Gary Vink Posted at 03:17pm

I am sorry as I wanted another video to post with Sam laughing & this is the only video that posted, my apologies as in this video, I bet Sam $100 he couldn’t make a behind the head shot & if not, when we headed to the Blue & Grey, Sam would buy me a beer.. I also wanted to share an array of wonderful photos, but had some problems adding more then one. The photo that did upload is when Sam took his good buddy, Jack Smith out for his December birthday to the Blue & Grey and my family was taking me out for my birthday & unknowingly we all met at the Blue & Grey that night last year! We had sooo much fun with Sam & his laughter was contagious.... Sam will sorely be missed buy many....

Janelle Baker Posted at 07:15pm

Thank you for the memories Gary and for the video ❤️

William & Kim Leavell

Posted at 02:00pm
"Samuel Wenger" will remain in our hearts forever.
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