Deaths of Local Interest – July 10, 2014

By on July 9, 2014

Amanda Smoker Beiler, 92, formerly of New Holland, passed away July 3 at ManorCare, Lancaster. Amanda was a member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Gordonville. A beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, she was lovingly “Memaw” to her family and will be dearly missed. Her daughter, Carmen Martin, lives in Lititz.

Earl Martin Brubaker, Lancaster, passed away July 6 in his 85th year. He served in the US Navy where his service as a radioman and cryptographer included deployments on the USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the USS LSM 419, the USS Amherst, the USS Meredith, and the USS Observation Island and on staff with the Manned Space Recovery Task Force Atlantic. He retired after 22 years. His son, Steven, husband of Kerry Anderson, lives in Lititz.

Erv S. Hoover, 71, of Akron went home to be with the Lord July 5 after a brief battle with cancer. Erv was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren for more than 40 years. He was the founder, owner and current president of the Akron Nursery. He was a member and past president of the Akron Lions Club, designing and assisting in the building of the gazebo at the Lloyd H. Roland Memorial Park during his presidency. His daughter, Kelsey Martin lives in Lititz.

John L. Irwin, 84, of Strasburg, passed away July 1 following a brief illness. John had many interests throughout his life including driving and showing his antique and classic cars. Following his own advice, “You only get out of life what you put into it,” he put a lot into life. His daughter, Deb Wilkins, companion of Charles Childers, resides in Lititz.

Donald Henry Landis died of of natural causes May 20, at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was an architect for Irvine Company and Baywood Development and became a realtor later in live. Don was a true class act, always patient, kind and thoughtful. He had passion for everything he did, a real gentleman. A brother, Dale T. Landis, lives in Lititz.

Charles E. Taft, 80, of Leola, passed away June 30 at the United Zion Home. Charles had worked as a machinist for Dart Container until his retirement. As a hobby, Charles enjoyed operating RC model airplanes and working on cars. His son, Charles E. Taft, Jr., husband of Carol, lives in Lititz.

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