Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 16, 2017

By on November 15, 2017

Dr. Hsing-Yao “Jim” Chen, of Fox River Grove, Ill., passed away Nov. 1, at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Ill. Jim worked at CBS Labs on a NASA project; at Zenith on flat panel displays; and at RCA he became an expert in electron gun design and received the prestigious David Sarnoff Award. For the last 20 years of his career, he worked for CPT (in Taiwan). He was granted over 50 patents, primarily pertaining to CRT electron guns and was an adjunct university professor in China. His daughter, Elizabeth Echternach, lives in Lititz.

Joseph G. Cramer, 75, of New Holland, passed away Nov. 7 at his home. Joe retired from C&D Technologies after working there for 33 years. Joe had a knack for sighting twisted branches and sticks that God created and handcrafted them into walking sticks and canes. He was a member of the American National Cane Club in Manheim. His sister, Sally, wife of Claude Steinmetz, lives in Lititz. His sister, Ruth Kauffman, lives in Manheim.

Fred A. Fellenbaum, 87, formerly of East Petersburg, passed away Nov. 9. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Fred put himself through an electrical engineering program, which he utilized in his T.V. repair business and later worked on pinball machines, video games, and jukeboxes. He retired from Playmor Music. Fred went on to open a business with his son, Scott, F&S Welding Race Karz & Components. He was a lifetime member of Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.His son, Scott, husband of Reba; and a granddaughter, Taylor Fellenbaum, all reside in Manheim.

Donald L. Garden, 81, of Lancaster passed away Nov. 8 at his residence. He was employed at Garvin’s Department Store, Hamilton Watch, and retired from Teacher’s Protective Insurance after 46 years of employment. He was also once a professional weightlifter and for 60 years ran his own lawn business. His son, Gregory Hoffmann, husband of Mari, lives in Manheim.

James B. “Jim” Green, 59, of Strasburg, died of natural causes in Venice, Fl., on Nov. 11. He worked as Operations Manager for MPC Industries. He enjoyed going to the mountains, traveling and Philadelphia sports teams. Jim devoted his life to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He could fix anything, and loved helping others. His daughter, Elizabeth, married to James Montague, lives in Lititz.

Dr. John J. Hoch, 93, of Nazareth, passed away Nov. 7 at Easton Hospital. He saw the world with the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he took part in the Normandy Invasion on an LCT. He was on Omaha Beach on D-Day. John practiced medicine in Nazareth for 35 years and retired in 1991. He also volunteered at the Nazareth Area Food Bank. His daughter, Tamara Boyhont, wife of husband Craig, resides in Lititz.

Robert Richard “Kuppy” Kopp, 90, of Reinholds, passed away Nov. 5 at Ephrata Manor. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was a driver for PennDOT prior to his retirement. He enjoyed trapshooting and hunting, and was a member of Cushon Peak Hunting Club, Adamstown Rod and Gun, and Reamstown Athletic Association, where he was the steward and bartender for 20 years. His daughter, Debra J., wife of Kerry Martin, lives in Lititz.

George E. Latshaw, 86, of Reinholds, passed away Nov. 11 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. He had been employed as a brick mason for Paul S. Kauffman, Denver, and later did maintenance work for Latshaw Bros. Concrete, Denver, until his retirement. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and farming at his son’s property in Clearfield County. He was a NASCAR fan and loved his dog, Buster. His sister, Emma Garner, lives in Manheim.

Dorothy Z. Mitchell, 86, of New Holland, formerly of Ephrata and Sarasota, Fla., passed away Nov. 11 at Garden Spot Village. A homemaker, she was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, and walking. She was an avid reader, and loved spending time at the with her family at the beach. Her son, Michael L., husband of Karen (Peters) Mitchell; and a sister, Zora Wall, reside in Lititz.

Michael Brian Rutt, 39, of Oviedo, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 7. He was employed by Lockheed Martin as a software architect. He loved Apple products and was always one of the first to own the newest device. He was an entrepreneur whose passion was to explore new avenues of the technology world. His wife and children were his entire world. His sister, Amy, wife of Kevin Martin, lives in Lititz.

Ronald Lee Stalter, 85, of Landis Homes, formerly of Atglen, passed away at the Ephrata Community Hospital on Nov. 11. He was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church. Ronald was a crane operator for D.M. Stoltzfus & Son, Inc., where he worked for 39 years before retiring in 2000. As a member of the Rough and Tumble Historical Association, he enjoyed restoring John Deere tractors and was always interested in small airplanes and engines.

Donald R. Torrence Sr., of Elizabethtown, passed away Nov. 10 in Dauphin County. He was a fan of not only pinochle, but also collecting coins. Donald loved NASCAR and the beauty of classic cars, along with being a loyal member of the timing club. Most importantly he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His son, Mark C. Torrence, husband of Sue; and daughter, Terri A. Lapp, reside in Lititz.

Ethel J. Weir, 87, of Kinzers, passed away at her home on Nov. 12. She was a member of the Limeville United Methodist Church of Gap and in the past was a 50 plus year member of the Gap United Methodist Church. Ethel was a waitress for many years, she worked in the bakery and gift shop at Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant, and she was a loving housewife. A daughter, Nancy E. Henry, resides in Lititz.

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