Jerry Ray Defenderfer obituary 1931~2021


Jerry Ray Defenderfer, age 90, of Chambersburg, PA, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at his home with his family by his side.

Jerry Ray Defenderfer
Jerry Ray Defenderfer

Jerry was born on March 10, 1931, in Chambersburg, PA, the son the late Robert E. and Carrie Gelwicks Defenderfer.

Jerry was a graduate of St. Thomas High School. He was veteran of the United States Navy. He was employed by Letterkenny Army Depot until he retired in 1986.

Jerry was a member of the St. James United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, PA.

He was a craftsman at heart. Jerry was the founder of the miniature carousel club of which his passion was building carousels to display. He loved creating and building. Jerry lived life to the fullest.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sarah “Sally” Newman Defenderfer of Chambersburg, PA, two daughters, Karen (wife of Richard Jr.) Egolf of Chambersburg, PA and Kathy Defenderfer of Chambersburg, PA, four grandchildren, Cindy (wife of Brad) Keller, Rick C. (husband of Samantha) Egolf, and Gabriella and Raeleigh Stockslager, seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Jerry is also survived by one sister Esther Defenderfer Snider of WI.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carrie Defenderfer, one great grandson, three brothers, Harold, Carson and Robert Defenderfer and two sisters, Phoebe Defenderfer Jones and Ruth Defenderfer Jones.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the St. James United Brethren Church, 2398 Warmspring Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.

The Rev. Rick Egolf will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to the St. James United Brethren Church, 2398 Warmspring Rd. Chambersburg, PA 17202.

The family has entrusted Jerry’s care to Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home in McConnellsburg, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.

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