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Russell Garber


Russell “Rutt” E. Garber, 92, formerly of Middletown, entered into rest on Sunday, February 9, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg.


 He was born on November 9, 1922 in Middletown and was the son of the late Newpher and Emma Givens Garber.


 He retired as an employee at the former Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown; and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Steelton, Elks Lodge 1092, Moose Lodge 410, and American Legion Post 594, all of Middletown. Russell served in the United States Army during World War II; and he enjoyed golfing and playing bingo, and he played semipro baseball and football, and was a boxer in the Army.


 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Margaret R. Garber.


 He is survived by his son Walter R. Garber of Landisburg; granddaughter Jamie, wife of Jason D’Agostino; grandson Justin Garber; great-granddaughter Gianna D’Agostino; sisters Jackie Keene of Middletown, and Phyllis Fetter of Palmyra; and brother Stanton Garber of Middletown.


 Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 17 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, with the Rev. Donald C. Walters officiating.


 Funeral arrangements are being entrusted to Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. 

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