Russel L. Markle
09/19/1920 - 10/24/2018

Russel L. Markle of Fayetteville, and formerly of Brushtown, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the Chambersburg Hospital. He was the loving husband for 72 years of Clare T. (Beranek) Markle.  Born September 19, 1920 in Pleasant Hill, he was the son of the late Curvin M. and Wilhelmina P. (Stansbury) Markle.  Russel was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He crossed the Atlantic 18 times during WW II as a Radioman 2nd class. He served on three destroyers: the USS Mclanahan, USS Swasey and USS Balch. One of his greatest treasures was his scrapbook from this war.  Russel had many different jobs during his lifetime but his foremost was TV Repairman for Revonah Home Supply, when fixing TVs was in fashion. He was well known in Hanover as one of the best. After his retirement at age 70 he worked as a runner for Conewago Construction, a job he truly enjoyed. Russ could figure out a way to fix almost anything. Before Google, his best friend was the Hanover Library. He read for pleasure and he read for practicality. Until he moved to Fayetteville he was determined to plant his yearly tomato crop. When water for his plants was in short supply he used a rainwater collection system. Russ saw many changes during his 98 years and his famous saying was, “What are they going to think of next.”  Surviving in addition to his wife Clare, Russ is survived by four children; Patricia Keffer and husband Robert, Sally Coble and companion Greg, Joseph Markle and wife Joyce and Michael Markle and wife Debbie; eight grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, Natalie, Brendan, Christian and Deanna; and nine great-grandchildren, Ashley, Max, Rachel, Benjamin, Mark Thomas, Ella, Madeline, Steven and Emelina. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlene Markle, infant daughters, Maryanna and Diane, son-in-law, Dale Coble and two siblings, Preston Markle and Blanche Markle Frake.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Annunciation BVM Catholic Church, 26 N. Third St., McSherrystown with Rev. Charles L. Persing as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. David’s Cemetery, Hanover with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received Tuesday, 10 a.m. to the start of mass at the church.  Contributions in memory of Russel can be made to: TrueNorth Wellness Services, 625 W. Elm Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331.

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Posted at:10/29/2018 5:05 pm
James Byers
Sally and Greg, I meet your Dad for the first time last year and enjoyed the visit. What a great guy. I'm sorry I cannot accompany Karen to the service, please except my condolences. Love Jim.

Posted at:10/28/2018 6:06 pm
Ann Rineman Orndorff
Dear Sally and Family, Sending sympathy to all of you and hopes that fond memories will sustain you during this difficult time. Thinking of you and will keep you on my prayer list. Ann Orndorff

Posted at:10/28/2018 6:06 pm
Becky McCauley
So glad I had the opportunity to get to know Russ years ago. He was so joyful and loved talking during our visits. I will remember him fondly. Thinking of all of you in the Markle family.

Posted at:10/28/2018 12:12 pm
Ginny Regi
I am glad I got to meet your Dad if only briefly. You are so blessed to have had him for all these years. He must have been a wonderful Dad. Sending prayers for all you.

Posted at:10/27/2018 10:10 am
Dorothy Carson
So glad we got over to visit with Russ and Clare a few weeks ago.Russ was the nicest man kindness man we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Loved making cookies for him and never got tired of the scrapbook tours. Russ recorded his life in this scrapbook. He loved his family and his so very special lady, Clare. We will miss him so much. Jim & Dottie Carson

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