Deaths of local interest – Oct. 23, 2014

By on October 22, 2014

Edith M. Bowman, 95, of Lititz, formerly of Union Grove, died Oct. 16 at Landis Homes. Edith was a homemaker and a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church. She also encouraged widows and single ladies through a card ministry and with her husband, prepared and delivered fruit baskets to shut-ins at Christmastime.

Walter W. Burkhart, 88, of Marticville, passed away at his residence in Juniper Village of Mount Joy on Oct. 11. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 858BS/492BG as a B-24 waist gunner with the “Carpetbaggers.” His crew arrived in England as war ended. Never seeing combat action, he bragged that the enemy surrendered, fearful of their arrival. He retired from Yellow Freight in 1988 after 26 years and over three million miles of safe driving. His brother, Wilmer, married to Ginny Shaub Burkhart, lives in Lititz.

Rita Curtin, 86, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania died Oct. 17 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. She was employed as a confidential stenographer for Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania. Rita was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her son, William M. Curtin, M.D., lives in Lititz.

Lee S. Keener, 50, of Lancaster, died Oct. 19 at his residence. He was an electrician at Sauder’s Eggs, Lititz. He enjoyed woodworking, carving and playing his guitar. Lee loved his son and family. Besides his wife, Marian Freeman Keener, he is survived by a son, Lucas S. Keener at home, a brother, John husband of Jody Keener of Millport, nieces and nephews.

Raymond J. Schuelkens, 89, of Lancaster, passed away Oct. 18 at LGH. He worked in the pre-press department as a compositor for Cadmus Printing Company, formerly Lancaster Press, for over 52 years, retiring in 1999. He served in the US Navy during WWII and enjoyed woodworking and clock making. His son, Richard T. Schuelkens, husband of Lisa, lives in Lititz.

Robert W. Stryker, 90, of Ephrata and formerly of Phoenixville, passed away Oct. 13 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. Robert served in the US Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was retired from the Phelps School in Malvern and attended First Presbyterian Church. His daughter, Robin Stryker, lives in Lititz.

Luke D. Wenger, of New Holland, died Oct. 16 at the age of 77 after struggling with Parkinson’s disease for over 30 years. Luke organized and directed the first Respiratory Therapy Department in Lancaster County at what was then St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lancaster. He later started the School of Respiratory Therapy there. In 1967, with his brother-in-law, R. Victor Glick, Luke invented a meter to measure the time oxygen was used for billing purposes. They received a patent for their first oxygen meter. They incorporated the company as Timeter Instrument Corporation, a company Luke owned and managed for 21 years. His son, Randy, married to Tina Winzenried, of lives in Lititz.

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