Dwight L. Rexroth
Dwight Lewis "Shortie" Rexroth, 63, a resident of Shippensburg Health Care Center, and formerly of Greencastle, died at 10:35 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, in the nursing home. He was in failing health for the past several years and critically ill for the past several days.
He was born December 11, 1945, in Chambersburg, the son of the lat Jacob M. Jr. and Margaret Irene (Souders) Rexroth. He lived his early life in the Chambersburg area.
He graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School with the class of 1964. He then graduated from Waynesboro Business College in 1965.
He was employed by various manufacturing companies in the area: Lanehart Co., as a bookkeeper in Greencastle for six years, D.L. Martin Machine Co. in Mercersburg, as the senior accountant and later promoted to purchasing agent. Next, he acquired a position as purchasing agent with Rouzerville Fabricating and Welding, Waynesboro, which later was purchased by Steeldraulic Products Inc. (fire engine manufacturer), and he continued as purchasing agent and accounting supervisor until they discontinued operations. Prior to retiring in April 2001 on disability, he worked for Precision Manufacturing and Engineering Co. of Greencastle as the purchasing agent and assistant accountant for 12 years. During the years of his full-time employment, he also worked s a partt bartender and occasionally as a DJ at WKSL radio station of Greencastle.
Through the years, he had been an active member of the 4- H Club, Greencastle-Antrim Jaycees and the Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. Minstrels for 10 years.
He was an achondroplasia dwarf only 4 feet 7 1/2 inches in height and always wished that people would learn to measure Little Persons by their knowledge, not their height.
He is survived by a son, Scott A. (wife Cindy) Rexroth, Greencastle; two granddaughters: Alex L. Rexroth and Erin P. Rexroth, McConnellsburg; a brother, Rev. Stanley J. (wife Martha) Rexroth, Shippensburg; a sister, Darlene I. Rexroth, Maryland, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Louise Strock; a brother, Carl E. Rexroth; and an infant sister, Nancy E. Rexroth.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 9, in Miller- Bowersox Funeral Home, Greencastle. Rev. Stanley J. Rexroth, his brother, officiated. Burial was made in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Little People's Research Fund Inc., 616 Old Edmondston Ave., Cantonsville, MD 21228.