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Obituary for Oscar J. Koontz Jr.

Oscar J. Koontz, Jr., 90, of Shippensburg, passed away the evening of Saturday, November 25, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Wednesday, April 19, 1933 in Shippensburg, a son of the late Oscar J. and Lula V. (Willis) Koontz, Sr.

Oscar was a 1951 graduate of the Shippensburg High School and a 1962 graduate of the Shippensburg State Teachers College, where he earned a double Master’s degree in Education and Counseling. He was employed by the Big Spring School District as a school counselor. Oscar was a member of the Cumberland Valley Lodge #315 F. & A.M., Valley Forest #145 Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club, and PA School of Retirees.

He is survived by three sons, Oscar J. Koontz III and his companion Yvonne Harman of Shippensburg, David M. Koontz and his wife Wanda of Shippensburg, and Troy A. Koontz and his wife Mary of Artemas; two daughters, Rebecca L. Ross and her partner Rick Reath of Shippensburg, and Cheryl S. Rine and her husband Thomas of Orrstown; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Kelso and his wife Michelle, Samantha Mowery and her husband Chad, Brian Smith and his wife Anne, David Koontz, Jr. and his wife Ashley, Stephanie Heffernan and her husband Matt, Megan Raymond and her husband Alex, Justin Hoover and his wife Stephanie, Jarret Rine and his partner Kaylyn Hepfer, and Mitchell Rine; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred P. (Butts) Koontz, who passed away on November 26, 2014. Also preceding in death are nine brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be privately held at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., with Rev. Harold Yeager officiating. Oscar will be laid to rest alongside his wife in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Children’s Home, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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