Harold S. “Bill” Hess

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Harold S. “Bill” Hess, 89, formerly of Willow Street, died at Conestoga View on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He was the husband of Helen (McCullough) Hess. They would have celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary on April 7.

He was a lifelong farmer in Strasburg Township, farming into his early 80’s.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending public auctions.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Clarence and Gertrude (Stauffer) Hess. Harold is also survived by Dale R. married to Rosemary (Witmer) Hess of New Providence, Raymond M. Hess Willow Street; four grandchildren, Matthew, Randal, Andrew and Lauryn; two sisters, Mary Wietzel of Millersville, Gladys Kreider of Leola and three brothers, Glenn married to Wanda Hess of New Providence, Charles married to Janet of Drumore and Donald married to Jane Hess of Leola. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Cari (McCue) Hess and a sister, Dorothy Dommel.

 

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Thursday, March 30, from 10 until 11 AM in the funeral home. The funeral is Thursday at 11 AM from the funeral home with Pastor John Meck officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Harold’s memory to the Refton Community Fire Company, P.O. Box 7 Refton, PA 17568.

Amos L. Sheaffer, Jr.

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Amos L. Sheaffer, Jr., 91, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Ephrata Community Hospital. He was the husband of Edna (Hall) Sheaffer for 71 years.

He was honorably discharged as a US Army Veteran of WWII, Sergeant, 121st Infantry. He was captured and became a prisoner of war in Germany for nine months. Amos was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in Keraudren, France, a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations during the Northern France Campaign and a Purple Heart.

After his service to his country, he farmed in southern Lancaster County and later owned and operated a gas station in Providence Township. He then operated A.L. Sheaffer Excavating and Paving for over 35 years and then worked at Lapp Electric until retiring at age 85.

He enjoyed fishing, reading the funny papers, eating crabs and gardening. An accomplished woodworker, he made many items and especially enjoyed crafting birdhouses and other items for his family. He dearly loved working.

Amos was a member of Community United Methodist Church.

Born in East Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late A. Landis and Anna (Leaman) Sheaffer. In addition to Edna, he is survived by a son, Harry Hall Sheaffer; three daughters, Frances Louise Sheaffer, Mary Lou Kreider, all of Lancaster, and Barbara Ann married to William Litzenberger of Ephrata, 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Franklin D. Sheaffer and three sisters, Johanna Zander, Myrtle Walker and Nancy Wood. Amos was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lindsay Gorsuch and his siblings, Jacob, John, Ralph, George, Charles, Mary Lou, Esther Ruth, Elizabeth and Mildred.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday. March 28, 2017 (TOMORROW) from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the church with Pastor Harry Kaufhold officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Amos’ memory to The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Raymond J. Haas

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Raymond J. Haas, Jr., 87, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was the husband of Marie L. (Caldwell) Haas for over 61 years.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Raymond J., Sr. and Mary (Galuska) Haas. Ray graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School. A proud veteran, Ray served the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed exercising, specifically walking and weightlifting. Ray was also loved watching the Eagles and the Phillies. He worked for the former Hubley Toy Company for 32 years and later retired from Armstrong World Industries.

In addition to his wife, Ray is survived by a son, Gary, husband of Melody (Polk) Haas, of Quarryville, a daughter, Donna, wife of John Lesher, of Woodbury, MN, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a brother, Gerald, husband of Debbie (Plank) Haas, of Lititz.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Ray’s memory to Hospice and Community Care 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Hope Y. Bachman

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Hope Y. Bachman, 80, formerly of Strasburg, passed away on March 17, in Cedar Acres. She was the widow of Donald A. Bachman, who died in 2013.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Phillip J. and F. Gladys (Killian) Emmerich. She graduated from J.P McCaskey High School. A homemaker, she also worked several jobs at; RCA, Brooks Body Shop, Strasburg Railroad, Millstream Restaurant, and Don’s business: Bachman Fire Equipment. Hope volunteered as the secretary for the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Strasburg Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Hope was an avid Disney collector, enjoyed reading, and spending time with her family. She loved all animals, especially her finches and Dobermans.

She is survived by four children; Donald N. Bachman, of Willow Street, Brian K., husband of Diane Bachman, of Maytown, Michael S., husband of Ellie Bachman, of Omura, Nagasaki, Japan, Barbara N., wife of Robert C. Zimmerman, of Lancaster, a granddaughter Dawn N. Mount, of Garnet Valley, and two great-grandchildren, three sisters; Louise Canan, Carol Moore, both of Rock Hall, MD, and Phyllis Hernandez, of Palm Springs, CA. In addition to Don, she was preceded in death by a sister, Faith Archer.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579 with Pastor Steve Doutrich officiating. Interment in Strasburg Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Hope’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County 2195 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Eleanor M. Hershey

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Eleanor M. Hershey, 98, died at the Mennonite Home on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Amos Hershey, who died in 2001.

Eleanor was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and reading. She braided many wool rugs for MCC and had volunteered at LGH.

She was a former member of Old Road Mennonite Church.

Born in Salisbury Township, she was the daughter of the late Galen B. and Suzie (Kreider) Hostetter. She is survived by two sons, Cleo R. married to Mary Ann (Denlinger) Hershey of New Holland and Orie H. Hershey of Lancaster; a daughter, Vera married to Ralph S. Todd of Manheim; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, G. Hershey Hostetter, and two sisters, Sara married to Richard Buckwalter, and Emma married to Parke Ranck. Eleanor was preceded in death by an infant son, a grandson, Curtis, and five sisters, Elverta Horst, Virginia, Verna, Mary and Lydia.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM in the Hershey Mennonite Church, 401 Hershey Church Road, Kinzers, PA 17535. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the church with Pastor John H. Denlinger officiating. Interment will follow in Hershey Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Eleanor’s memory to the Benevolence Fund at Mennonite Home, c/o Development Office, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

William E. Zecher, III

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Mr. William E. Zecher III, born on July 3, 1936, left this earth on Friday, March 17, 2017 to be with his heavenly Father, whom he loved and served, after complications from a more than 40-year trial with multiple sclerosis.

Bill was born and raised in Lancaster to Florence Brown Zecher and William E Zecher II but lived most of his life in Strasburg.  He is survived by his wife Martha (Beam) Zecher with whom he would’ve celebrated 61 years of marriage in April.  He is also survived by two daughters Tierney (Zecher) Dietrich and Teal (Zecher) Busansky, married to Stephen, who blessed him with his three wonderful grandsons, Tyler Dietrich, Jordan Busansky and Hunter Busansky.  He is also survived by his sister Virginia (Zecher) Bross, married to Edward Bross, Sr.  Bill is also survived by six nieces: Debbie, Eileen, Kendra, Tracy, Joyce and Christine, as well as four nephews: Randy, Reid, Greg and Edward, Jr., and a cousin, Lyndel.  He is preceded in death by his dear nephew Barry.  He also leaves behind special caregivers and friends who meant much to him.

Bill loved his Bible, history books and sports, especially Penn State and the Phillies.  He loved his frequent trips to Williamsburg and enjoyed spending time with all his family and relatives.  He was employed for over 30 years by Sperry New Holland (now CNH), retiring as a manufacturing engineer.  He also worked part-time for the Strasburg News as a printer.  Bill was a member, deacon and elder for many years of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg and more recently a member of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Quarryville.

There will be a memorial service for Bill on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Bachman Funeral Home. 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. There will be no public viewing, but visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 pm and the service will begin at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at the Strasburg Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Water Street Ministries, 210 S. Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Albert Herr

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Albert Herr, 79, of Strasburg, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at his vacation home in Florida. He was the husband of the late Arlene (Swavely) Herr, who preceded him in death in 2009.

He was a graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School and owned and operated Albert Herr Plumbing since 1969 until retirement.

He was a life long member of Zion United Church of Christ, Strasburg, and also active at The Church of the Cross, Ft. Myers.

Albert enjoyed hunting, traveling and spending time at his mountain cabin and his home in Florida.

Albert loved spending time with his family enjoying various activities like playing softball in the over ’60 leagues in both Strasburg and Ft. Myers.

Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Arthur B. and Martha G. (Eisenberger) Herr. He is survived by two daughters, Pat married to Don Shultz and Pam married to Don Johnson, all of Strasburg; his grandchildren, Andrew Johnson, Jessica Shultz, Christopher  married to Rachel (Cramer) Johnson, Justin Shultz and Kelly Johnson; a great-grandson, Wyatt Johnson and siblings,  Nancy Clinton, Alice Thyer, Ron Hart, Audrey Perkins and Faye Foutz. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Hart.

There will be a visitation on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Saturday, March 18 from 10 until 11 AM in the Zion United Church of Christ, 900 Winter Hill Road, Strasburg, PA 17579. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Bob Bistline officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Albert’s memory to The Memorial Fund at Zion UCC, at the above address.

Gary R. Myers

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Gary R. Myers, 76, died Saturday after a life well-lived.

Born in Lancaster to Arthur and Emma Myers, Gary spent his younger years learning how to perfect his thick mustache and sneak a smoke behind the school building for a short time in Detroit. Soon after his return, he won over Lillian Yunginger, who would go on to be his wife for 54 years. With his dashing good looks and incredible charm, he managed to find a permanent place in her heart.

Their love spanned a lifetime, bringing them two beautiful daughters and countless Doberman Pinchers that came to haunt paperboys and passersby, much to Gary’s delight. He regaled the tales over coffee, donuts and cigarettes at Myers’s Service Center, where he worked until weeks before his death. Locals knew the service station as the source of town gossip, where even the police gleaned the latest story. The true challenge, as it would remain, was being able to tell the truth from Gary’s tall tales.

Gary demanded the best in life — from Cadillacs to cigarettes — and always sought to bring a smile to those around him. The man went through more bottles of hairspray in a year than some women touch in a lifetime, and after quitting a decades-long habit of smoking Pall Malls, became a walking sales ad for wintergreen Lifesavers. Rumor has it, Gary long considered becoming a spokesman for Tastykake, too, but liked to keep his sugary options open.

Gary was a born rule-breaker, but always with the best intentions. He crashed weddings, talked his way out of speeding tickets and knew the art of friendship more than most in this world. His love for ambulance chasing and excitement gave those around him a sense of adventure. Never was there a dull moment spent with Gary, even in his final days. Though his memory became foggy, his storytelling skills only improved in grandeur, promising his nurses a seat on his airplane when he finally broke out of the hospital.

But nothing quite put a smile on Gary’s face like his time spent on the water — the wind in his hair, a cigarette in his mouth and bare feet on the boat deck. Salt water and a little sand only improved life, if you asked Gary, and he made sure to engrain a love for the beach in everyone he knew. From fighting prize-winning white marlin on the Capt. Ike to teaching his grandchildren how to clean crabs, the ocean will forever be a part of Gary, as he was a part of it.

His family will miss his stocking the freezer with buy-1-get-1 deals on ice cream, his hearty renditions of “Under the Boardwalk” and the sound of his laugh. They will miss hearing “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch” and all of the other coined phrases only he could get away with saying. But most of all, they will miss the man who made the lives of everyone he knew richer and more full of life than ever imaginable. Thank you for the stories, Pop Pop, and thank you for all your love, Dad. Gary, you will forever be missed, but always be deep within our hearts.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; as well as his two daughters, Lisa and her husband, Gerry Horn, and their children, Brittany and Jared; and Wendy and her husband, David Barber, as well as their children, Gaige and Chase.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Penn Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Research, University of Pennsylvania, Gifts Accounting & Administration, 2929 Walnut Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104-5099 in Gary’s name, and that you share a story with someone you love in his honor. Make it grand and a bit farfetched, just like him. Life’s too short to be forgotten.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in The First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with the funeral at 11 AM.  Pastor Bob Bronkema will be officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

Ronald H. Moore

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Ronald H. Moore, 75, of Ronks, died at home on Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was the husband of Gerri (Dommel) Moore for over 50 years.

He was a US Navy veteran and served on the USS Hugh Purvis during the Vietnam war era.

Ron worked as an HVAC mechanic for Dommel Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

He loved Sprint Car racing and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Claude V. and Ruth E. (Deverter) Moore. In addition to Gerri, he is survived by his children, Ron married to Karen Moore of Lititz, Tina married to Scott Ruoss of Lancaster, Matt Moore of Ronks; four grandchildren, Kaelin Ruoss, Carly Moore, Kyle Moore and Makenna Ruoss; a brother, Jim, and a sister, Sis. Ron was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Madison Ruoss.

There will be viewing on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 1:00 until 2:00 PM in the Highview Church of God, 2470 Leaman Road, Ronks, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the church with Pastor Jason Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Conestoga Memorial Park.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Ron’s memory to American Lung Association, 101 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Mary R. Markley

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Mary R. Markley, 98, of Strasburg passed away Wednesday, March 8 after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late R. Robert Markley, who died in 1989.

Born in East Lampeter, she was the daughter of A. Ross and Cora (Newcomer) Weaver. After graduating from East Lampeter High School in 1937, she attained a business degree from Lancaster Business College. She spent most of her work career at Armstrong World Industries as an Executive Secretary in advertising and design.

Mary enjoyed antique auctions, yard sales, gardening, and the beach. She was a member of the Strasburg Senior Citizens and the Strasburg General Hospital Auxiliary. Mary was a charter member of Grace Community Church of Willow Street.

She is survived by her son, Theodore W., husband of Dori (Danner) Markley of Strasburg, a daughter in-law, Susan Markley of Lititz, a brother, Ross, husband of Marion (Eshleman) Weaver, of Lancaster, a sister in-law, Jean Lenhart Weaver, of Willow Street, five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Markley and two brothers; Robert C. Weaver and Dr. Kenneth Weaver.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10-11am at Grace Community Church 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, PA 17584. The memorial service will begin at 11am in the church with Pastor Mike Sigman officiating. Interment will be private in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mary’s memory to Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Rd. Willow Street, PA 17584.