Leslie Monroe Sellers, 92, of 1093 Milnor Road, Greencastle, Pa., was promoted to his heavenly home early Monday morning, Jan. 2, 2012, after a brief illness, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Born May 9, 1919, at Kauffman Station near Greencastle, Pa., he was the son of the late Monroe George and Anna Catherine (Whitmore) Sellers.
He was always interested in aviation, and took flight lessons from Dick Henson at Hagerstown (Md.)Municipal Airport at age 15. After graduating from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1937, he spent a year in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Langley Field (1937 to 1938). Afterward, he entered Aero Industrial Technical Institute in Glendale, Calif., graduating in 1939 as an aircraft master mechanic. He worked at Vultee Aircraft in Downey, Calif., until 1941. He applied for Army Air Force cadet training. Meanwhile, he returned to Hagerstown and worked at Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. He entered the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and received his wings and second lieutenant commission in 1944. Leslie was copilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber during World War II. His plane was hit on Sept. 11, 1944, during a mission to Magdeburg, Germany, and that eventually led to missing in action status. He was liberated on April 9, 1945, and returned from overseas on V-E Day, May 8, 1945. He arrived home on his birthday, May 9. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
After becoming a civilian, he worked at Fairchild Industries for several years. He also worked as an electrician and car salesman in the local area. He retired from Grove Manufacturing Co. in Shady Grove, Pa., in 1981.
He was a former member of the Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church for 18 years, then a member of Cutting Edge Ministries, where he was a member of the adult Bible class and an elder. He was a charter member of the Hagerstown Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship, serving in several offices.
He served as a volunteer at Mount Hope Prison Ministry, Hagerstown, for 23 years, and as a volunteer at Western Maryland Hospital for several years. He served as an adviser for the Hagerstown Chapter of Women's Aglow Fellowship for 10 years. He was also a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 and a member of the local AARP.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie Jeanne Sellers; one daughter, Cynthia Jeanne Miller, and her husband, William Jonathan Miller, both of Greencastle; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Miller of Herndon, Va.; and one nephew, William Neal of Williamantic, Conn.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Miriam Catherine Neal; and one grandson, Jonathan "Jon" Andrew Miller.
The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to Cutting Edge Ministries, 32 East Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740, or to Mount Hope Prison Ministry, 25 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.
There will be no viewing; however, a visitation will be held at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, on Thursday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a private burial service in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Hollowell Brethren in Christ Church, 14807 Hollowell Church Road, Waynesboro, Pa., on Friday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Brett D. McKoy of Cutting Edge Ministries. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanfh.com.
Leslie M. Sellers, 92
MAY 9, 1919-JAN. 2, 2012