Deaths of Local Interest – March 9, 2017

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Raymond Beiler, 89, of Elverson, passed away Feb. 27 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Raymond was a farmer, the road master, and a supervisor in West Nantmeal Township for many years. He and his father also owned Agrico Fertilizer in Downingtown for 23 years. He was also a pilot, who flew with a group called The Flying Farmers. His sister, Gladys Shearer, resides in Lititz.

Jerry W. Farmer, 74, of East Petersburg, passed away March 1 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Manheim, Jerry was a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and NASCAR and he enjoyed fishing. He was a self-employed mechanic for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Sarah “Sally” Farmer; and son, David, husband of Jean.

Lauren Sue (Weigel) Freeman, 56, returned home to her Lord and Savior on Feb. 22. Lauren found her calling early in life when she first discovered her fine singing ability. From then on she dedicated her life to music, teaching, children, church, and family. She had a private studio for voice students and directed a number of church choirs. She is survived by her sister, Mary Blymire, of Manheim.

Charles L. “Charlie” Henry, 83, of Willow Street passed away March 2 at Lebanon VA Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He retired after 37 years in 2004 as a truck driver for Penn Dairies. He had each and every Saturday committed to breakfast and supporting the fire companies. He also enjoyed taking paddleboat cruises. Charlie is survived by his son, Michael A. Henry, and sister, Gloria J. Chubb, both of Lititz.

Claire L. McLain, 69, of Lancaster passed away Feb. 28 at Lancaster General Hospital. She devoted over 30 years as a buyer for Boscov’s Department Stores. Her last employment was with Ephrata Community Hospital. She enjoyed crafts and doing New York Times crossword puzzles. her sister, Andrea, wife of Mark Stephens; and dear friend, Stacy Herr, live in Lititz.

Shirley Ann (Heckert) Rutherford, 81, passed away peacefully Feb. 28 at Brookdale Grandon Farms, Mechanicsburg. Her son, David L. Rutherford, lives in Lititz.

Robert “Bob” W. Tangert, 78, of Denver, died unexpectedly on Feb. 27. He worked at Armstrong World Industries for over 30 years as a millwright. An avid handyman, Bob enjoyed spending time tinkering with many projects. His interests included animal rescue efforts, and he was a Harley Davidson enthusiast. His son, Robert A. Tangert (Dori); and daughter, R. Lynn Hamilton, (Charles) live in Lititz.

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