Perry O. Pherson – LBG #29

Perry O. Pherson, 87, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, February 6, 2011, at his home in Dallastown, Pennsylvania.  He was the husband of LaDonna (Redding) Pherson.

Perry was born August 12, 1923, in Lawrence County, and was the son of the late John and Ellen (McConahy) Pherson. He graduated in 1940 from East Brook High School in Lawrence County. In 1950 he graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for International Paper Company, Albany International, Albany N.Y., and Interstate Paper Corp.

Perry was licensed as a Gettysburg Battlefield Guide in the spring of 1992. His first oral exam took place on March 19 in the middle of a major snowstorm.  He survived that ordeal and received badge number 29.  Perry retired as Guide Emeritus after the close of the 2003 tour season. and 12 years of guiding,

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Dallastown.

In addition to his wife, LaDonna, Perry is survived by a son, John Pherson of Texas; two daughters, Nancy Kouf of Dallastown and Anna Sage of Red Lion; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Cline of Sun City, Fla., Ruth McCracken of Portersville, and Joan Forbes of New Castle Mr. Pherson was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

Funeral services for Mr. Pherson will be private. Burial will be in International Odd Fellows Cemetery in Hartford City, Ind. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf. To share memories of Perry please visit


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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 

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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. 

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