Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 18, 2018

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Robert Francis Bishop, 57, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 10. A graduate of Octorara High School, Bob enjoyed watching his children play sports, hunting pheasant, fishing, and camping. His sister, Marie Wood, lives in Lititz.

Philip “Phil” F. Fisher, 84, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 14 at UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. Phil retired in 1986 from Alcoa, Lancaster after 35 years of service. He was a proud U.S. Army and U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of VFW Post 1690, Lancaster. A brother, Donald Fisher, is a resident of Lititz.

Sharon L. Flowers, 63, of Halifax, passed away Jan. 9 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy. She loved her home in the mountains, being outdoors, and rescuing animals, especially cats. A sister, Patricia Shellenberger, lives in Manheim.

Carl Gene High, 73, of Willow Street, died Jan. 9 at Lancaster General Hospital. Carl was a truck driver for Pennfield Corp. for 44 years. A member of Stumptown Mennonite Church, he loved music, to sing bass, and spend time with his family. Carl had the gift of showing love to all he came in contact with, touching many lives. His brother, Warren G., married to Doris High, resides in Lititz.

Glen E. Keenen Sr., 90, of Lancaster, entered into rest Jan. 8, at Zerbe Sisters, Narvon, after an illness. Glen had retired in 1992 from WGAL Channel 8, Lancaster, where he worked in maintenance. Earlier in life, he had worked at the former Hubley Toy, Lancaster. Glen was a long-time member of the Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lititz. Glen was a proud U.S. Army veteran. His sister, Jean Lowe, resides at Brethren Village. A sister-in-law, Judith A. Keenen, lives in Landis Homes.

Esther F. Klopp, 67, of Brownstown, passed away Jan. 5 at home. Esther worked as a cabinetmaker for Conestoga Wood. She enjoyed spending time at Rehoboth Beach, and meeting people at local markets while pursuing sales in Tupperware. Her mother, Dorothy G. (Martin) Klopp; and sons, Donald L., husband of Heidi Klopp; and James L., husband of Linda Klopp, all live in Lititz.

Arlen L. Landis, 90, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 11 at Hamilton Arms. A veteran, he served in the U/S/ Navy during World War II. He was a 70-year member of the American Legion Post 56 of Lititz. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8185. Arlen was a very hardworking man. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and mowing. He still mowed his lawn at the age of 89.

Karl Heinz Lorenz, 89, of Largo Fla., passed away Dec. 30 at Largo Medical Center. Born in Egelsbach, Hessen, Germany, Karl was a tailor by profession and active with his family and the German community, especially the Lancaster Liederkranz. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, playing cards and was an avid soccer fan.

Laban H. Martin, 85, formerly of Terre Hill, died Jan. 7 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. Laban was a truck driver and retired from Lester R. Summers Trucking after 44 years of employment. He was a member of the Hinkletown Mennonite Church, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. A daughter, Donna, wife of Kevin Gerber; and a brother, Edgar, husband of Helen June Martin, all live in Lititz.

Craig A. Mickel, 67, of Lancaster, went to be with our Lord Dec. 22. He was a mechanic at Armstrong World Industries for close to 30 years. Mick loved to ride his Harley with his wife and many treasured friends. Spending time with his grandchildren was very important to Craig. His mother, Ann Dambeck Mickel, lives in Lititz.

Paul Rudi Repine, 82 of Landisville, passed away Jan. 10 after a brief illness. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1956-58, Paul gave his life to Christ and his desire to see others meet Jesus became his focus. He helped start many faith-based ministries. Paul was an active member at LCBC in Manheim. Born in Pittsburgh, he was a fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially the Steelers. He was always available to talk, pray and offer a word of wisdom or encouragement to anyone in sincerity and genuine love.

Donald L. Swarr, 80, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 7 at Lancashire Hall. Donald graduated from East Hempfield High School and served in the U.S. Army. Donald was employed by Watt & Shand, and later the BonTon, as a window and store display artist for many years. He was a gentleman in its finest sense, finding beauty and order in everything he touched. He enjoyed witty conversation about the finer things in life, and a good cup of coffee. A sister, Sara Blanck, and a brother, Larry Swarr, (Jan), reside in Lititz.

Mabel Jones Zechman, 89, of Lancaster, formerly of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 7 at Manor Care. She was a member of Calvary Church, Lancaster. Mabel was a garment worker various manufacturers including Dutchmaid in Ephrata and Terry Manufacturing in Akron. A grandson, Michael, husband of Holly (Berry) Ziegler, lives in Manheim.

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