Melvin S. Deibler


Melvin S. Deibler, 86, of Snydertown, passed away at his home on Jan. 2, 2019.

He was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Shamokin Dam, a son of the late Amy and Walter Deibler. On Aug. 22, 1953, he married Lynetta Ortmyer who survives.

He graduated from Selinsgrove High School in 1950 with a vocational major. Melvin first went to work for George Rhoades as a tree pruner from June 1948 to February 1954. He then enlisted in the Army and served stateside during the Korean War in the Artillery and Guided Missile Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he was an Artillery Survey Specialist. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After returning home, he worked as a foreman for Paulsen Wire Rope for 40 years until retirement.

Melvin was an avid bowler and woodworker but his greatest joy was family vacations in North Carolina enjoying all his time with his three great-grandsons.

In addition to his wife, Melvin is survived by two sons, Joel who lives at home, and Jeffrey and wife Joanie of Snydertown; a daughter-in-law, Patricia, of Shamokin; two grandsons, Jadrien and wife Claire of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and Jentre and wife Jessica of Lewisberry, Pa.; three great-grandsons, Weston and Hudson of Lewisberry and Roman of Mount Horeb. Pop Pop, as he was called, was anxiously waiting to find out what his fourth grandbaby from Wisconsin, due any day, was going to be. Also surviving are one sister, Betty Cardell of Snydertown; and many nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his first son, Anthony; and his first great-grandson Joshua; a brother, Walter; three brothers-in-law, Dayton Cardell of Snydertown, Robert Ortmyer of Riverside, and Landon Bailey of California; and two sisters-in-law, Lois Deibler and Garnita Bailey.

Lynetta, Jeffrey and Joanie Deibler want to personally thank all the Home Health Care Nursing staff and all other Hospice aids involved with giving Melvin the most outstanding, kind and gentle care. Thank you!

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, with the Rev. R. Christian Dunlap officiating, at the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Geisinger Home Health and Hospice, 410 Glen Ave., Suite 200, Bloomsburg PA 17815.

Arrangements are by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.
Published on January 5, 2019
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