Friday, June 25, 2021

Skook News Obituaries: June 25th, 2021


Skook News Obituaries:  June 25th, 2021

Obituaries published from the Schuylkill County area.


Marlin Paul “Butch” Shappell
, 74, of North Manheim Township, passed away Thursday, June 24th, while in the company of family at his residence.

Marlin was born in North Manheim Township, PA on August 16, 1946, a son of the late Eva F. (Riegel) and Calvin J. Shappell.

He was the husband of Sandra (Strouse) Shappell. They were married on March 11, 1972.
He was a member of Zion's Red Church, Orwigsburg. He was a Blue Mountain graduate and earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He retired in 2009 following long careers as a plant manager at H.L. Miller & Son and as an engineer at the aluminum plant in Cressona. Marlin proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Graffias during the Vietnam War.
During his life, Marlin enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, farming and gardening, model trains, his Corvette, treasure hunting at estate sales, and more than anything, his five grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Sandra of 49 years, Marlin is survived by his daughter, Kim, wife of Eugene Suda and their children Kenzie and Evan and his son Lance, husband of Jennifer Shappell and their children Alexandra, Brinley and Andrew. He is also survived by brothers Calvin, husband of Barb Shappell and Clarence "Doot" Shappell, widower of Darleen, sisters Ella Smith, widow of Fred and Penny Strouse, widow of Jack, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

An evening visitation will be held Monday, June 28 from 6-8 PM at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Orwigsburg. A religious service will be held on Tuesday, June 29 at 11 AM, with visitation from 9:30 to 11. Interment with military honors will follow at Zion's Red Church Cemetery, Orwigsburg.

Memorial contributions in Marlin's memory may be made to The Melanoma Research Foundation at, the Orwigsburg Historical Society, or the Orwigsburg Veterans Memorial Development Task Force.


Keith Brian Wesley, 78, of New Ringgold, Pennsylvania passed away quietly at home on June 25, 2021 with his family by his side. Born on May 9, 1943 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Henry and Frances, née Guthrie, Wesley. Mr. Wesley was proud of his maternal Blackfoot Native American heritage. He was passionate about their supernatural belief in nature. Keith was an avid outdoorsman, loving the sport of hunting and fishing. Keith shared his love of the outdoors with his beloved Labrador retrievers.

Mr. Wesley graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1960. He proudly served in the United States Armed Forces active service as a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War from 1960 through 1964, ending reserve service in 1967. Keith was a member of the Tamaqua Lodge F& M #238, Valley of Bloomsburg and Schuylkill Shrine. He was also a member of the Lehighton Legion Post 314, Little Acorn hunting club and West Penn Fire Co. 1.

Keith had a varied career during his lifetime starting as an airplane mechanic at Wings Field Airport after returning home from the war. He then went on to work as a Philadelphia Police Officer. Keith devoted most of his career working as an Equipment Manager for Allan A. Myers, Inc. and Savage Construction. A family business pulled his interest into long-haul trucking. He loved his time as a Mountain Manager at Jack Frost Ski Resort. Mostly, Keith enjoyed the opportunity to meet people as a cashier at Hometown Walmart.

He leaves behind his wife of twenty-three years, Janice "Jan" (Randolph) Wesley; daughter, Connie Wesley-Tartini (husband Michael, Esquire, son, Keith Owen Wesley (wife, Cindy), son, Cheyenne Wesley, daughter, Raven Wesley, step-son, Jay (wife, Mirna) Nuzum of Round Rock, Texas, brother-in-law Richard Raichle and niece, Lora Lee Thomas.

Mr. Wesley was predeceased by his sister,Sharon Raichlel, his son, Christopher and step-son, James. Keith leaves behind seven grandchildren; Caroline, Michael, and Emma Tartini; Bryan, Jason, Jake and Jenna Wesley and Jay; step-grandchildren, Jaymee and Jonathon Nuzum.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. of 2066 West Penn Pike New Ringgold, Pennsylvania 17960. (570)386-5884

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday July 1, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. from the funeral home. Friends may call on Wednesday evening June 30, 2021 at the funeral home from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., and on the morning of services from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services.

Interment with Military Honors to be bestowed will take place at 2 o'clock Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville,Pennsylvania.

Memorials in Keith's name may be made to:
P.O. Box 96860
Washington, DC2077-7677

Online condolences or a fond memory of Keith can be expressed by visiting


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