Deaths of Local Interest – July 28, 2016

By on July 27, 2016

Oliver Peters Heisey, just short of two months old, died peacefully in the arms of his loving parents July 19, of a severe congenital heart defect. During his short time here on Earth, he touched many lives and was deeply loved by family and friends. Oliver’s strength was unwavering, even in his final moments. His smile brought joy and happiness to everyone he met, especially his parents. His uncle, Jonathan Hundley, lives in Lititz.

Melvin Mast King, 82, of Gordonville, died July 17, surrounded by the family he loves. Mel was a faithful and committed member of First Deaf Mennonite Church. He worked at Rutt Custom Cabinetry, retiring in 1998 after 35 years. He enjoyed mowing the lawn on his John Deere tractor, eating breakfast at local restaurants, telling detailed stories about growing up on the family farm, and socializing with many friends. He had a fun-loving sense of humor and was a gracious, kind, and thoughtful person. His desire was to live life in peace and as a follower of Christ. Siblings Rhoda King and Elizabeth Rohrer, live in Lititz.

Almeda V. Korns, 87, passed away peacefully at her Gordonville home on July 18. She retired from Star Dental in Greenfield Industrial Park, in 1991. Almeda was adventurous and independent. She loved camping, fishing and boating, with her husband Junior, on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and Indian River. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Her grandson, Brad Lefever, and his fiancée, Stephanie Dumler, live in Lititz.

Kevin N. Leid, infant son of Jason S. and Lois Z. (Newswanger) Leid of New Holland, passed away July 18 at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del. His maternal grandparents, Floyd and Ruth (Zimmerman) Newswanger, reside in Lititz.

Betty Romanos, 83, of Lancaster, passed away at Calvary Fellowship Homes on July 17. Betty was a homemaker; and loved spending time with her family and her dogs, especially her Shih Tzu, Sarah. She enjoyed puzzle books, watching soap operas, talking on the phone to her friends and family, and rooting for the Phillies and the Braves. Her son, David Romanos, and his wife Kresson; and a daughter, Linda Wertz, all live in Lititz.

Ray A. Yohn, 62, of Columbia, died unexpectedly at his home July 13. He was also the owner of R&B Motorcycles in Columbia. In addition to his love of motorcycles and hunting, Ray enjoyed reading, gardening, and his beloved black labs. Ray was a member of the Foresters, American Legion, Catholic War Vets, and a life member of the Columbia Fraternal Association. Ray is survived by his long time companion, Barbra Repp, of Lititz.

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