George Edgar Shealer – LBG #121

Mr. George E. Shealer of Gettysburg, passed away on January 5, 2011, at the age of 89 at Golden Living of Gettysburg. He was born in Straban Township, Adams County, on June 22, 1921, the son of Edgar G. and Marion Shealer. He was the husband of the late Beatrice (Minter) Shealer, who died Oct. 5, 1981. George was a life-long resident of Adams County. Following service in the United States Army during the Second World War, he went to work for the Gettysburg Times & News Publishing as a press operator in the book publishing section.

Battlefield guiding, though, was in his blood.  His grandfather, George W. Shealer (LBG# 44 1915-1920) for whom he was named began guiding as a young man in 1885 and was one of the first class of guides formally licensed in 1915.  George’s uncle William (LBG# 28 1915-1966) and his father Edgar (LBG#71 (1916-1984) were also long-time guides.  George earned his guide license in March of 1975 making the Shealers one of the few three-generation guide families. He guided full time for 24 years serving in a number of capacities in the Guide’s Association.  Until his retirement from the Gettysburg Times in the mid-1980s, he would often work his regular job until 1 PM and then come to the park to grab a tour or two before dark.  Health issues forced his retirement from guiding in 1999. George will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by two grand-daughters, Ann (Brogan) Barbi and her husband Allen, of Dover, N.H., and Kathleen (Brogan) Miller and her husband Harvey, of Reno, Nev. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tony Brogan, who also had been a Licensed Battlefield Guide in his youth.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, with the Rev. Michael E. Allwein officiating. Burial, with full military honors being presented by the Adams County Allied Veterans, will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the services, Friday, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, PO. Box 4152, Gettysburg, PA 17325


In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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