Deaths of local interest – Oct. 12, 2017

By on October 11, 2017

Horace A. Bailey Jr., 92, of Christiana, passed away Oct. 2 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster. He was a self employed construction contractor for over 50 years. He was a member of the Christiana Masonic Lodge #417 where he served as trustee, the Rajah Shrine of Reading and the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection where he enjoyed helping children at The Children’s Dyslexia Center. Horace enjoyed traveling, and sending cards to loved ones, along with a pen and a calendar. A niece, Dorothy VanAulen, resides in Lititz.

Jack W. Brinser, 96, of Lancaster, passed away Oct. 7 at Brethren Village. Jack was a member of First United Methodist Church for 72 years. In his younger years, he enjoyed dancing, golfing, and bowling. He retired in 1982 after 41 years of service from Armstrong World Industries as supervisor of photographic services. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Surviving are his children: Bruce A. Brinser, Carol R. Brinser, and Anne L. Brinser; and a granddaughter Mariel Brinser.

Thelma N. DeBord, 90, of Ephrata Manor, passed away Oct. 1. Born in Manheim, she was the wife of the late Lee DeBord who passed away in 1998. Surviving are five children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by several siblings. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. To send an online condolence, please visit

William B. Myer, 40, of Lower Paxton Township, peacefully transitioned into eternal life on Oct. 4. Will was a manager for J.B. Hunt Transport, Harrisburg. He was a devoted member of Living Water Community Church, often a church van driver and served on the Guardian team. He enjoyed watching sports, especially Sprint Car and NASCAR races with his dad and brothers, and riding his motorcycle. Will’s greatest passion in life was his family, often taking family bike rides, and spending time with his friends. His father, Gary Myer, and sister, Jennifer Lauris, lives in Lititz.

Daisy V. Sweigart, 86, of Elizabethtown Nursing and Rehabilitation, passed away Oct. 8. Daisy and her husband owned and operated D&E Pheasantry on Risser Mill Road. She was a member of Mary Mother of Church Parish in Mount Joy. Daisy enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and listening to country music. Her sister, Mary Frederick, lives in Lititz.

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