Deaths of Local Interest – July 17, 2014

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Ralph C. Bair Jr., 88, of Conestoga, passed away July 11. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Nevada. He worked at various restaurants such as The Bair Den and The Host, he owned and operated his own food truck, Speeds #3 Steak Shop, and also worked at Armstrong. He is survived by daughter, Debbie Zelek, Lititz and her children Nicole, Danielle, Kelly, and Joshua.

Ruth R. Heffley, 82, of Manheim, died peacefully July 8 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. A homemaker, she and her husband faithfully attended Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim. Ruth loved singing. She sang with her family as well as with various groups and choruses over the years, including the Manheim Area Chorus. She was also a past president of the ladies auxiliary of Mastersonville Volunteer Fire Company. Her son, Timothy M. Heffley, lives in Lititz.

Philip M. Horning, 65, of Lancaster County died July 12 after a brief illness. For 20 years, Philip was a real estate appraiser, specializing in farmland preservation for various Pennsylvania counties. Philip earned a bachelor’s from University of Minnesota and pursued graduate degrees in journalism and psychology. His sister, Doris (Horning) Stoltzfus, lives in Lititz.

Timothy L. Nauman, 37, of Lancaster, died peacefully July 8 at the Lancaster General Hospital. A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and currently working on his degree in Web Design at Harrisburg Area Community College. Tim loved music and playing his bass guitar. His sister, Lisa J., wife of Charles M. Harach, resides in Lititz.

Jereline E. Rhen, 92, formerly of Rheems, passed away June 30 in Casper, Wyo. She was a school lunch and playground aide at the Rheems Elementary School. She enjoyed her dogs, growing flowers, dancing and traveling with her husband. Her daughter, Margaret Whiteley, wife of Bruce Whiteley, lives in Lititz.

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