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July 17, 1926 — November 23, 2020

Melvin B. HERSHEY, 94, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Paradise, Lancaster County, died Monday, November 23, 2020 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born July 17, 1926, in Gordonville, he was the son of Clyde and Lila Good Hershey.  On September 22, 1949, in Strasburg, he married the former Alma L. Rohrer, who predeceased him on November 1, 2012.  He and Alma operated a dairy farm in Coudersport for many years.  Melvin and his wife were instrumental in starting the Sweden Hill Community Church in Potter County.  He was a member of the Gold Church.

Surviving are:  four children, Fred Rohrer (Mildred) Hershey of Huntsville, AL, Rodney Lee (Joanna) Hershey of Roulette, Connie Marie (Russell) Knight of Coudersport, and Sherri Ann (Jeff) Gilbert of Ephrata;  a daughter-in-law, Laurel Hershey of Coudersport;  15 grandchildren;  15 great-grandchildren;  two siblings, Kenneth (Joanne) Hershey of Bridgewater, VT and Betty Frey of Lancaster;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Philip Lynn Hershey, on September 11, 2015;  and two siblings, Edwin G. Hershey and Janet Erb.

Friends may call at the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49W, Ulysses, PA 16948 on Sunday, November 29, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  Rev. Frank Mickle, Pastor, will officiate.

A graveside service will be held 1:30 PM, Monday, November 30, 2020 at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA.

Memorials may be made to Gold Church, 2402 SR 49W, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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