Kermit Martin Sipe

HARRISBURG – Kermit Martin Sipe, 90, of Hershey, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg.

He was born Sunday, July 29, 1923, in Decatur Township, to the late Martin and Mary “Mamie” (Erb) Sipe. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Charlotte A. (Craig) Sipe.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning several decorations and citations including two bronze stars. He retired from the Milton S. Hershey School, where he worked in the agriculture department. He was a member of Gravel Hill United Methodist Church for 50 years, a lifetime member of Shellsville VFW Post 9639 and Hershey American Legion Post 386. He was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan and enjoyed gardening, golf, hunting and fishing. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: a daughter, Mary A. Sipe and companion, Bryan L. Thomas, of Harrisburg; a son, Rodney K. Sipe and wife, Louise P., of Harrisburg; two granddaughters, Christine Sipe-Phillips and husband, Dwight III, of Harrisburg, and Apryle Sipe of Harrisburg; two great-grandsons, Nicholas Sipe and Dwight Phillips IV; two extended grandsons, Tyler Thomas, and Bradley Thomas of Harrisburg; a brother, Marlin Sipe and wife, Midge, of McClure; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Gravel Hill United Methodist Church, 131 Gravel Hill Road, Palmyra, with the Rev. Douglas Smith officiating. Family and friends are invited for viewing from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra.

Rothermel Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Gravel Hill United Methodist Church. Condolences and memories may be shared at