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Lester H. Sweigart82, PennDOT supervisor, farm owner
Lester H. "Gummy" Sweigart, 82, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Manheim.
Born in Rapho Township, he was the son of the late Frank B. and Edna Hoover Sweigart.
Gummy was the loving husband of Gloria M. Lerch Sweigart and they observed their 58th wedding anniversary in June of this year. For 29 years Gummy worked as a road supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He also was the owner and operator of the family farm in Rapho Township, where he was well known for his butchering service for game animals during hunting seasons.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Lester’s memberships included: Manheim Masonic Lodge, Harrisburg Consistory, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Manheim American Legion, Fire Companies from Lawn, Mount Joy, Mastersonville, Unified Sportsman of Pennsylvania and the National Rifle Association. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was one of the first people to become a member of the Elstonville Sportsman’s Association. Gummy enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a Dale Earnhardt fan.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter: Patsy L. Heistand, of Manheim; a son: James L., husband of Pauline Kahley Sweigart, of Manheim; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother: George "Hen" Sweigart, of Manheim.
Preceding him in death are a sister: Mamie Snyder; and a brother: Frank "Bill" Sweigart.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service at the Buch Funeral Home 21 Market Square, Manheim, on Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Interment is in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Those desiring may send contributions in Lester’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.