Richard ‘Cotton’ Gensemer, 89, WWII vet, life member of Denver Fire Co., avid hunter

By on May 14, 2014

Richard R. “Cotton” Gensemer, 89, Denver, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in Ephrata Manor.

Born in Denver, he was a son of the late Wesley and Anna (Rutt) Gensemer, and was the husband of Fern O. (Miller) Gensemer for 66 years.

A 1941 Denver High School graduate, “Cotton” was a WWII Air Force radio gunner having been honored by Pres. Roosevelt for precision attacks in Italy. He was the last of his bomber squad. He was a meat cutter with Shober & Sons Meats, Denver, and Weaver’s Store, Blainsport. Richard was a member of Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church, Reamstown, and life member of Denver Fire Company and Ephrata American Legion. He was a founding member of Fugawie Hunting Camp, Lycoming County and enjoyed hunting, fishing and many sports during his life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters: Dixie Stewart, Reading and Angela Schwartz, Brison City, N.C.; a grandson and six granddaughters; and a sister: Hazel Hornberger, Ephrata.

His son, Scott L. Gensemer, died April 27.

All arrangements are private at Cotton’s request with inurnment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Denver Fire Company, 425 Locust Street, Denver, PA 17517.

Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to be providing assistance. Offer online condolences at

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