Charles Gregson

Charles Russell "Rusty" Gregson III

Monday, September 13th, 1971 - Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
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Charles Russell “Rusty” Gregson III, age 49, of Shippensburg passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Born September 13, 1971 in Gary, Indiana, he was the son of Charles Russell Gregson II and the late Bonnie Schroeder.

Rusty was a 1990 graduate of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1990 to 1998, earning the rank of Sergeant. After the Marine Corps, he moved to Pennsylvania and began his career in telecommunications. He was employed as a Network Communication Technician with CenturyLink.

Rusty’s life reflected the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis (always faithful). A beloved husband, father and friend, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Rusty is survived by his wife, Stacy (Knepper) Gregson; two sons, Carter Gregson of Shippensburg and William Gregson of Clinton, IN; father-in-law and mother-in-law Rick and Linda Knepper of Chambersburg; brother-in-law Rodney Knepper of Shippensburg; step-father Victor Schroeder of Las Vegas, NV; sister Jeannie Koch of Las Vegas, NV and brother Jeremy Gregson of Hobart, IN. In addition to his mother, Rusty was preceded in death by his sister, Tammy Stalker.

Rusty was a member of Messiah United Methodist Church in Shippensburg, where he served as a Trustee and Sunday School teacher. He also served as an Auditor for Southampton Township, Franklin County. Rusty was a member of Cumberland Valley Masonic Lodge No. 315, Scottish Rite-Valley of Harrisburg, Shippensburg Fish & Game Association, Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168 and Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Vizthum and Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton officiating. Burial will be private in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service with a Masonic Service being held at 2:45 p.m. in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Messiah United Methodist Church, 30 S. Penn St., Shippensburg PA 17257.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 14th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 14th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Messiah United Methodist Church
    30 South Penn Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, March 14th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 14th, 2021 3:00pm
    Messiah United Methodist Church
    30 South Penn Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Bob Vizthum
    Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton
  • Interment



  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Marine Sharpshooter Badge
  • Masonic Lodge
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy/Marine Corps Achivement Medal

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Paul Caire

Posted at 02:22pm
Goodbye, old friend, Marine, Father, Brother, and Son and so much more. All my love and prayers to you, yours, and all the family. U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean. We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun; we have fought in every clime and place where we could take a gun. In the snow of far-off Northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes. You will find us always on the job--The United States Marines. Here's health to you and to our Corps which we are proud to serve In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve; if the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes; they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

Bruce Hockersmith

Posted at 05:24am
Stacey and family,
Sorry to note the passing of "Rusty". Our thoughts and prayers go with you as you move on to life with memories.
Bruce and Janice Hockersmith

Robin & Laurie Brant

Posted at 01:56pm
Our deepest sympathy to Stacy, Carter and the entire Gregson family following the loss of Rusty. He was such a great man. We didn't know him for a long time, but he always made us feel like we did. We always enjoyed talking with him and catching up on the CenturyLink news. Cherish all of the wonderful memories of Rusty. Our prayers are with all of you.

Robin and Laurie Brant

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