Rev. Vernon R. Eichelberger, 88, of Lewisburg, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Riverwoods, Lewisburg.
He was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Williamsport, a son of the late Harry and Rachel (Thomas) Eichelberger. On Jan. 9, 1947, he married the former Gladys Marks, who survives. Together they celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Vernon was a graduate of Williamsport High School. He attended Lycoming College and later would finish his seminary work at Wesley Theological Seminary. Vernon served as a medic and dispatcher clerk during World War II where he earned the American Campaign medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal. He later worked for 29 years at the former Hoyer's Photo Supply, Williamsport. Vernon retired as a United Methodist minister after 19 years.
He was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge 106 F&AM, Williamsport Consistory and the Felicitas Chapter 500, Order of the Eastern Star. Vernon also volunteered for the Riverwoods Auxiliary where he was a cameraman and created many pieces of furniture with his woodworking abilities.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one son and daughter-in-law, David Sr. and Lestra Eichelberger of Jersey Shore; one daughter and son-in-law, DiAnn Baxley and Michael Alliston of Lewisburg; one sister, Jean Miller of Medford, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Shannon Murray, Kristin Quintal and David Eichelberger Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Tom Eichelberger; and two sisters, Doris Hoover and Pearl Keeler.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Marlow Hall, RiverWoods with his daughter, Rev. DiAnn Baxley officiating, followed by a reception of friends in Marlow Hall.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either Transitions (formerly Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition), P.O. Box 170, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or Riverwoods Benevolent Care Fund, 90 Maplewood Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, S. Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.