Joseph A. Gehris, 86

Joseph A. Gehris, 86 passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Hospice & Community Care in Mt. Joy. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Harvey B. and Sarah Francis (Stefko) Gehris.  He celebrated 57 years of marriage in January to Agnes B. Gehris.

After retiring with 35 years of service at PPL, he worked as a bailiff at the Lancaster Courthouse, retiring from there as well. A WWII Navy veteran he served in the Pacific. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus with the Santa Maria Assembly, He was a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus Council #867 and past Grand Knight and past District Deputy. He held memberships in the Navy Club, AMVETS, VFW Post #7297 Millersville, Riverside, Rainmakers and others. He loved spending time at the beach, camping, fishing, crafts, football, his pet Lacey and decorating for all the holidays.

He is survived by sons, Joseph A. Schultz, (Teresa) of St. Louis, MO; Patrick Gehris of Lancaster, daughters Tamera, of Lancaster, and Colleen Blythe (Joseph Scialo) of Lancaster; 6 grandchildren and 4 great granddaughters. Also surviving is a sister, Betty Noll of Allentown and a brother, George Gehris, of AZ. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, a great granddaughter Olivia Schultz and faithful pet, Beau.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11AM on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St, Lancaster, PA with Msgr. Thomas H. Smith as Celebrant. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30-11AM. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or and the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard, PO Box 8601, Lancaster, PA 17604-8601. To send the family online condolences, please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-872-5041

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Hi Colleen,

I saw your Dad’s obituary in the newspaper, and I just wanted to send you my deepest sympathy. May God soon replace your grief with all the happy memories of your dad’s life. I haven’t seen you for so long, but I still think of you, and hope you are well. God bless you all.

Love, Theresa McCoy Graybill

Colleen & Gehris Family

I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I remember your dad as a hardworking and nice person.

Take Care
Susan Graver Carper

Sending my prayers of support and hope to all of your family at this difficult time. Joe was a huge part of our being blessed to grow up in such a great neighborhood. I was fortunate to share those years of my life with such great friends and parents like yours just 2 doors down. Those are memories I will cherish forever.

Scott Parmer

I want to send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Gehris family. Mr. Gehris was a wonderful man and will be missed.

James H. Head

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