SHIPPENSBURG - Galen J. Karper, 62, of 629 Brad St., died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg. Born Feb. 25, 1940, in Shippensburg, he was a son of the late Luther W. Sr. and Beulah P. Bistline Karper.
He was a member of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg.
He graduated in 1958 from Shippensburg Area Senior High School.
From 1962 to 1965, he worked for Karper Builders Inc., Shippensburg, and from 1965 to 1971 he worked for the former United Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, Chambersburg.
In February 1972, he became a district member services director for Adams Electric Cooperative Inc., Shippensburg District, and in 1987, he was named Shippensburg district manager, a position he held until retiring in February 2002.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was also a former Game Warden for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
His professional memberships included Pennsylvania Association of Farmer Cooperatives and Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association Member Service Section.
In November 1998, he received the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association's Winston Donaldson Community Service Award and in 2000 he earned the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Service Award. He was a 1980 graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Management Internship, Lincoln, Neb.
He was a member of Cumberland Valley Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 315 and Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club, both in Shippensburg, and Harrisburg Consistory first president and a charter member of Shippensburg Garden Club a volunteer for Shippensburg Corn Festival former president of Shippensburg Area Development Corp. and an honorary member of Shippensburg Future Farmers of America.
Surviving are his wife, Mavis E. Allen Karper two brothers, Luther W. Jr. of Shippensburg and Glenn C. of Mechanicsburg two sisters, Erma R. (Mrs. Richard) Booz of Shippensburg and Peggy A. (Mrs. Jimmy) Comer of Mansfield, Texas nieces, including Debbie Walman of Bicster,England and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul H.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. James R. Richwine and James H. Zeisloft officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, 135 Middle Spring Road, Shippensburg 17257 or to AmyotrophicLateral Schlerosis Association, South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 4119 Kimbers Road, Harrisburg 17112.
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Unable to add Shippensburg to place of birth field as Shippensburg is in two counties (Cumberland & Franklin) and obit does not state in which county he was born.
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