Deaths of Local Interest – reported June 4, 2015

By on June 3, 2015

Kenneth Jay Bushong Sr., 74, of York Township, died May 26 after his courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a 1958 graduate of Manheim Central High School and received an associate’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of the 254th Ordinance Army Reserves. Kenneth retired from IDG, formerly Shearer Industrial Supplies, after 38 years of service. His sister, Karen Stoner, and her husband Larry, reside in Lititz.

Mary B. Hershey, 89, formerly of Paradise Township, died May 24 at LGH. A homemaker, Mary enjoyed sewing, playing games and puzzles, reading, and gardening. She was a member of the Farm Women Society. Her sons, Donald, married to Mariah Hershey; and Dwight, married to Jeannie Hershey, reside in Manheim.

Gerald K. “Jerry” Hinerdeer, 73, of Leola, passed away peacefully May 26. Jerry was a tool and die maker for Lancaster Tool and Die, Hubley, J.L. Clark, Oregon Manufacturing, and New Standard Corp. An avid micro midget racer at Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, he won several championships and also raced against his father and brother. His brother, Barry, husband of Sharon Hinerdeer, lives in Lititz.

Donald Keith Hoover, 80, of Gretna Springs Retirement Community, passed away peacefully May 25 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. A veteran, Don proudly served with the U.S. Army. He was an antique dealer for more than 35 years and was the former owner of Furnace Hill Antiques, Campbelltown. His son, Donald K. Hoover Jr., lives in Manheim.

Anna N. (Weaver) Sauder, 92, of Ephrata, passed away May 25 at her residence, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of the Springville Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. She was a homemaker. Her daughter, Louella, wife of Mark Good, lives in Lititz.

Henry M. Stauffer, 95, of Landis Homes in Lititz, passed away May 25. Henry had worked for 50 years for the Sensenich Propeller Co., retiring as a supervisor with the firm. He was a long-time member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, where he had served as a Eucharistic Minister. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and helping others. He loved his friends, neighbors, and his family.

John “Ed” Trees, 83, of Lancaster, passed away at home suddenly May 29. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked at Educators Mutual Life Insurance Co., where he retired as treasurer after 37 years. Ed enjoyed making train layouts with his grandchildren and visiting the Horseshoe Curve. Ed reminded everyone with his sense of humor, “I got to where I am today through a lot of hard work, fortunately, I didn’t have to do any of it myself.” His daughter, Karen Miller, wife of Bo, resides in Lititz.

Marlin H. Wert, 81, of Durham, Conn., died May 15 at Middlesex Hospital. He was the son of the late Paul and Mary (Graybill) Wert of Lititz. Marlin was employed at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown and attended the First Baptist Church in Meriden, Conn. His brother, Charles Wert, husband of Millie, lives in Lititz.

Robert A. Yohn, 66, of Elizabethtown, passed away May 24. He was a member of the Elizabethtown Bears Championship Football team. He was a member of United Church of Christ, Elizabethtown. Bob was an avid golfer, bowler, card player, and animal lover. His brother, James Yohn, husband of Joanne, lives in Manheim. His sister, Kathleen, wife of (Robert Derr) resides in Lititz.

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