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 donate.melanoma.org, the Orwigsburg Historical Society, or the Orwigsburg Veterans Memorial Development Task Force.
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Orwigsburg Historical Society
109 East Mifflin Street, orwigsburg PA 17961
Melanoma Research Foundation
P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore MD 21275-9329
Veterans Memorial Development Task Force.