John Walter Gettel, Sr., 91, of Hagerstown, passed away, Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Homewood of Williamsport.
Born October 21, 1922 in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late, Harry and Nora (Jones) Gettel. In addition to his parents he also was preceded in death by five brothers, Ronald, Donald, Harry, Floyd and Bruce Gettel; three sisters, Mary Jane Smith, Ethel Goetz and Virginia Fratrick; one grandchild and three great grandchildren.
Mr. Gettel retired as an electrician from the Western Maryland Railroad.
He was a US Army veteran of WW II where he landed in Normandy on D-day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Gettel was a member of the Church of God Universal, Hagerstown.
He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Jean I. (Poffenberger) Gettel; one son, John W. Gettel, Jr. and wife, Alice of Falling Waters, W.Va.; two daughters, Donna J. Hewitt and husband, Charles and Julie Bricker and husband, Abram, all of Hagerstown; one sister, Betty Cantner of Hagerstown; ten grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren; eleven great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown with Pastor Gregory Tyler officiating.
Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6-8 P.M.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the Church of God Universal, 12819 Point Salem Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740