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Obituary for John Hess "Doc" Shissler

John Hess Shissler, 82, of Newburg, PA, passed away January 6, 2024 at his home.

He was born Friday, January 2, 1942 in Elizabethtown, PA. He was a son of the late Russell A. Shissler and Mary Farver Hess Shissler.

He graduated from the Hershey High School in 1960. He was a member of the Air Hill Brethren in Christ Church, Chambersburg, PA and church affiliations was Diller Mennonite Church, Newville, PA and Stouffers Mennonite Church, Hershey, PA.

John was a Veterinary Medical Doctor, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and affectionately known as Doc. He practiced mostly large animal veterinary medicine in his career. He received his undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College in 1964. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed hiking, and he had been a member of the Newburg Men’s Chorus.

His hobbies included gardening, tending an orchard of apples, pears, and various fruits, and making cider for his friends and family. He loved spending time with his family and cared deeply for them. John was helpful and generous.

He was a member of the PA Farm Bureau, PA Veterinary Medical Association, and Keystone Trails Association. He owned and operated Blue Mountain Veterinary Medical Service for 53 years.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth A. Shissler; son, John, wife Denise, Schuykill Haven, PA ; son David, wife Kathy, Hummelstown, PA; son Andrew, wife Andrea, Delmont, PA; daughter Jann, husband Rodney Diller, Chambersburg; and daughter Susanne, husband Eric Fisher, Red Lion, PA and 14 grandchildren; sister, Anna Houser, Lebanon, PA; sister, Miriam Shissler, Elizabethtown, PA; and brother, Allen Shissler, Sabinsville, PA; and 13 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Shissler and Jacob Shissler.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 15, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the Air Hill Brethren in Christ Church, with Pastor John Melhorn officiating. A viewing will be held Sunday, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., and also one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. A private graveside service will be held in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Hershey, PA.

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