Deaths of Local Interest – April 13, 2017

By on April 12, 2017


Dolores Irene Despard, 87, of Akron, and formerly of Ephrata, died at home on April 8. She was employed for 23 years at Sperry New Holland where she was an executive secretary and participated in the bowling and softball leagues and sang in the chorus. She and her husband owned and operated McCormick Travel Agency for 20 years; retiring in 1998. Dolores loved sports, traveling, and gardening. Her nephews, Mike Bare (Merri); and Gary Meckley (Robyn), reside in Lititz.

Shawn C. Dunn, 44, of Reinholds, passed away unexpectedly March 24. He was employed as a sales representative with Ashburn Chemical Technologies. Shawn was a basketball official with the Lancaster-Lebanon chapter of PIAA sports for over 18 years. Those who knew Shawn best, will affectionately remember him as “The Dunner.” His sister, Amy, wife of T.J. Hensel, resides in Lititz.

Ralph E. Lentz, 72, of Elizabethtown, passed away April 9 at his residence. Ralph was a lifelong member of Elizabethtown Mennonite Church where he was a dedicated usher. He retired from Red Rose Transit after 26 years as a bus driver. Ralph competed in bus roadeos, taking third place in the Pennsylvania Regional Roadeo in 1994, second place in the 1995 PAMTA Statewide Roadeo, and competing the same year in the International Roadeo in San Antonio. He was looking forward to his first great-grandchild to be born this summer. His sister-in-law, Ruth Westenberger Lentz, lives in Lititz.

Robert G. “Bob” Pry, 91, of Lancaster, passed away April 8 at his residence. Bob was a proud Navy veteran of World War II. Prior to his military service, he was an aircraft spotter. He was employed in the field of mechanical dentistry, having worked 10 years for Ephrata Dental Lab and 10 years for Madonna Dental Lab. Bob was a family man who was active in various Christian ministries; music was an important part of his life. Along with his wife, he was a houseparent at House of His Creation, and he was an usher for Sight and Sound.

Lloyd A. Schaffner Jr., 70, of Mount Joy, passed away April 7 at his residence. A Vietnam veteran, Lloyd proudly retired from the United States Army after 20 years of active duty. He later retired from the Manheim Auto Auction as an account coordinator. Lloyd was an avid bowler having several 300 games. He was a Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. He enjoyed playing baseball and at one time had a tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies. Lloyd coached many little league and women’s softball teams. His brother, Lee Schaffner, husband of Lynn, lives in Lititz.

Geraldine Catherine Smith, 97, of Lancaster passed away April 4. Geraldine worked several jobs over her long lifetime, the last being a cashier at Pantry Pride Food Market in Ephrata. Geraldine enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bridge, gardening, and tennis. She was a member of the Lititz Rec Center and enjoyed swimming with Charles. She was also a longtime member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster. Her son, Lee David, married to Doris Smith, lives in Lititz

Abram Paul Snader Sr., 82, of Lancaster, passed away April 2 at ManorCare. Paul worked for many years as a welder for various area companies. He retired in 2004 after 20 years of service from the Highland Tank Co. where he worked as the plant production manager. After retirement, he worked at the Manheim Auto Auction. He enjoyed hunting, football, especially rooting for the Steelers, and NASCAR.

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