Elvin Hess, Jr., 86, died at LGH on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, following a long illness. He was the husband of Velma (Landis) Hess for 66 years.
Elvin and Velma operated a dairy farm in Strasburg Township.
He served as a Strasburg Township Supervisor and Township Roadmaster for many years. He also served as Judge of Elections in the township. Recently, he worked at A & C Diffenbach Auctions in New Holland.
Elvin was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church for over 52 years.
He served on many local and state Agriculture Boards and was a Past President of the PA State Holstein Association. He was also a 4-H leader.
Elvin was very active with the Strasburg Lions Club and received a Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions’ Highest Award, from the club He proudly served as District Governor for Lions Club District 14D.
Elvin was active with and a life member of the Strasburg Fire Company No. 1.
He enjoyed golf, hunting and snowmobiling in the mountains at his own cabin. He was a member of the Green Laurel Hunting Club and the Smoketown Do-Nothing Club.
Born in Strasburg Township, Elvin was the son of the late Elvin W., Sr., and Anna (Amand) Hess. Surviving in addition to his wife are their children: Ken married to Mary Jane Hess of Willow Street, Carol married to Alan Diffenbach of New Holland, Donna married to Steve Jones of Lancaster, Ed married to Shirley Hess of Strasburg, Randy married to Sherri Hess of New Providence and Jeff married to Shawna Hess of Strasburg; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen married to John Thomas, Jr., of Millersville, and brothers, J Robert married to Evie Hess of Lancaster and Jim married to Ginny Hess of Quarryville. Elvin was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Makenzie Hess, and a brother, Richard H. Hess.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hamilton Arms Center for their loving care.
There will be a Viewing on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11 AM in the Neffsville Mennonite Church, Neffsville, PA, with Pastor Dwight Rohrer and Pastor Alan Miller officiating. There will be no viewing on Saturday; however, the family will greet friends following the Memorial service. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery is private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elvin’s memory to the Neffsville Mennonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.