Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 7, 2014

By on August 6, 2014

Lester “Joe” Barnett, Jr., 63, formerly of Drumore, died Aug. 3 at his current residence in Ronks. Joe was very passionate about his work as a truck driver. He graduated from Solanco High School and went on to serve in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. His sister, Donna Osborne, lives in Lititz.

Andrea Leithiser, 70, died July 29 in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was a retired long-haul truck driver. Her brother Bryan lives in Lititz.

J. Edward McKee, 96, passed away July 28 at Brethren Village. He joined the Boeing Company in 1939 and worked for them until 1984, with two years out for service in the army during World War II. An enthusiastic fisherman, he hand-crafted many fly-fishing poles, and as an avid gardener, he served as a Master Gardener for the Landis Valley Farm Museum where he especially enjoyed working with heirloom seed varieties of different types. No surviving relatives live locally.

Robert R. Neff, 90, of Leola, passed away peacefully July 29 at his home with family and friends at his side. Bob was a WWII veteran serving in England and Germany with the 8th Army/Air Force. In his earlier years, he was an avid fisherman and car enthusiast and worked for the former Neff Taxi Company which was started by his grandfather. His last and perhaps favorite job was at the Landis Valley Museum where he worked until the age of 80. Bob was a kind and gentle man who was loved by all who knew him. His sister, Sandra Nicarry, resides in Lititz.

F. David Sensenig, 70, Ephrata, died July 27 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Dave was a passionate truck driver, known as “Penny Saver” over the years, had worked for Burkholder Paving, Martin Limestone and was an owner/operator for 36 years. Dave enjoyed collecting old pedal tractors, walking and weekend trips to the cabin in Belleville. A sister, Barbara, wife of the late Paul Hursh, lives in Lititz.

Eleanor M. “Ellie” Spangler passed away quietly on July 28. She was a resident of Brethren Village, where she enjoyed volunteering in many capacities, and for a time was on the Resident’s Council, and a resident representative of the Board of Directors. Beyond that, Ellie enjoyed reading, researching genealogies, knitting and crocheting, craft work, gardening and traveling. She enjoyed everything and, most of all, life itself. She is survived by her loyal companion, Luther “Luke” E. Harnish, Jr.

Elizabeth L. Stoltzfoos, 83, of Bird-In-Hand, passed away July 31 at home. A homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church, she was the wife of the late John L. Stoltzfoos, who died in 1983. Her son, Aquilla D., husband of Sarah Fisher Stoltzfoos, lives in Lititz.

Patricia A. Watterson, 78, died July 30 Lancaster General Hospital. Pats worked many “odd jobs” in Lancaster. She was a member of the Bird In Hand United Methodist Church. A son, Jeffrey Watterson, lives in Lititz.

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