Donald R. Balmer, 88, WWII vet, Rothsville High grad, worked 35+ years at B&G Shoe Factory

By on August 6, 2014

Donald R. Balmer, 88, of Lititz, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Evelyn M. Balmer. Born in Lititz, he was the son of the late Galen W. and Ethel Mae Todd Balmer.

Donald had worked at the former B&G Shoe Factory, Lititz, for over 35 years, following which he worked for the Warwick School District as a custodian, retiring from there after seven years. He was a graduate of the former Rothsville High School.

Donald proudly served during WWII in the U.S. Army receiving the Army of Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal and was discharged at the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Lititz Wesleyan Church and served on its board and as the church’s treasurer and usher. Donald enjoyed the Philadelphia Phillies, his church, hunting, and his loving family.

Surviving are two daughters: Barbara Vazquez companion of Jeffrey Rote, and Anita Rowe wife of Barry, both of Lititz; two brothers: Glenn Balmer of Stevens, and Bruce Balmer husband of Mary Ann of Lititz; a sister: Norma Sonnen wife of Elwood of Richland; a sister-in-law: Mary Lou Balmer of Lititz; six grandchildren: Cory DeLancey, Autumn Nauman, Jason DeLancey, Nathan Rowe, Christy Aument, Evy Vazquez: and 11 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his special friends: the Wartlufts, Rissmillers and Art Graham.

Donald was predeceased by his brother Larry Balmer.

Donald’s Life Celebration from the Lititz Wesleyan Church, was held Aug. 4 with the Rev. Daniel Cloyd officiating. Interment was in Brickerville United Lutheran Cemetery, Brickerville.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Lititz Wesleyan Church, 540 E. Newport Road, Lititz PA 17543. Arrangements by Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz. Visit to leave condolences.

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