Deaths of Local Interest – Sept. 17, 2015

By on September 16, 2015

Paul Brubaker, 86, of Lancaster, formerly of Mountville, died Sept. 10 at Brethren Village Retirement Community. A Korean War veteran, serving proudly as a U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant. Paul retired from the federal government as a civilian with the U.S. Navy. Afterwards, he worked for Allied Signal, then for Lancaster General Hospital part-time. Paul is survived by five nephews.

John A. Burkins, 87, entered into rest Sept. 10 at Brethren Village, surrounded by his loving family. He served in Japan during World War II. John was a teacher and administrator in Pennsylvania and Maryland schools for 33 years. His favorite hobby was driving, buying, or selling cars. His smile, blue eyes, and special sense of humor will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Jeanne (Herr) (Finefrock) Burkins.

Gerna W. (Fry) Hess, 84, of Washington Boro, went to be with the Lord Sept. 5. Gerna was a licensed CNA who worked with private and residential patients. She also cared for her mother when she became chronically ill with leukemia until her mother’s death in 1998. Her son, Jimmy Lee Hess, husband of Michele (Bachman) Hess, lives in Manheim.

Robert M. Rineer Sr., 80, passed away Sept. 10 of natural causes. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked in quality control at NTN/BCA (Federal Mogul Corp.) and then moved into a manufacturing supervisory position until his retirement after 38 years of service at both the Lititz and Lancaster plants. Robert was an avid Phillies fan.

Michael Dennis Kreider, 52, of Lebanon, passed away Sept. 7, surrounded by his loving family at home. He had attended Water Works United Methodist Church and LCBC. Michael was involved in the Lions Club. He had played baseball and enjoyed watching all sports, visiting casinos and listening to Elvis. His daughters, Kayla and Amber, reside in Lititz.

Elmer F. “Dutch” Ruhl, 78, of Lancaster, formerly of Centerville and Conestoga, died Sept. 8 at Brethren Village after a lengthy illness. He was the loving husband of Charlotte W. (Spade) Ruhl with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage last Jan. 11. Dutch owned and operated the former Dutch’s Getty on West Frederick Street in Millersville. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Millersville/Manor VFW Post No. 7294 and the Garden Spot VFW Post No. 56, Lititz. He was an antique and classic car buff.

Arlene Mabel Steffy, 86, of Ephrata, passed away Sept. 7 at Lancashire Hall. She was a member of Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, enjoyed photography, traveling, and scrapbooking. Arlene worked as a homemaker and was the glue that held her family together. Her sister, Esther, wife of Harry Myrick, lives in Manheim.

Paul L. Young, 57, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord Sept. 6, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy, following a 14-month battle from traumatic injuries. Paul owned and operated Young’s Tree Service. In his early twenties, he was a body builder won the title of “Mr. Lancaster County.” Paul was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran. His daughter, Amy (Young) Rivera, lives in Manheim.

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