My great- great- uncle was a survivor of the USS Underhill attack. On Wednesday, December 31, my uncle Ken Statler, passed away at the age of 93. He was surrounded by his wife of 71 years and many other family members and friends. Below here is a photo and picture of my uncle. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers as our family prepares to say goodbye to Uncle Ken.
Stephanie M. Crunkleton
Kenneth Carl Statler, 93, of 217 S. Washington St., Greencastle, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital.
Born Oct. 16, 1915, in St. Thomas Township, he was the son of the late Clarence W. and Ethel Pearl (Brindle) Statler.
He and his wife of more than 71 years, Dorothy E. (Crunkleton) Statler, were married May 1, 1937, in Lemasters.
Mr. Statler was a 1935 graduate of Greencastle High School.
He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Under Hill and USS Fillmore in the European and Pacific theaters. He also received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Statler retired from Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro, and also worked at the former Chambersburg Implement Co.
He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greencastle.
Mr. Statler also was a life member of Rescue Hose Co., Mount Pisgah Lodge 443 F&AM and Harry D. Ziegler VFW Post 6319, where he was the post's commander, all of Greencastle, and was a member of Greencastle Senior Men's Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Gladys Barnes, a resident of Menno Haven, Chambersburg; one stepbrother, Harold Overcash, a resident of Penn Hall, Chambersburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Glen Statler.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, with the Revs. Martin H. Horn and Donald Bohn officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.
The family will receive friends two hours prior to services Saturday in the funeral home, where Greencastle VFW will hold a memorial service at 1 p.m. and Mount Pisgah Lodge will hold a memorial service at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 130 N. Washington St., Greencastle, Pa. 17225.