James E. Benedict, 77, Oehme Bakery worker, Root’s standholder, CCWA member, birdwatcher

By on September 18, 2019

James E. “Jim” Benedict, 77, of Manheim, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at UPMC Lititz.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late C. Harold and Louisa Finkbiner Benedict. Jim was the loving husband of Mildred Snavely Benedict, whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

He graduated from Penn Manor High School in 1962, and was a faithful member of Calvary Church, Lancaster. He was also a member of Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance, Manheim. Jim worked as a manager for the former Oehme Bakery for 22 years and S. Clyde Weaver Inc., East Petersburg. He and his wife owned Spring Meadow Farm, a baked goods stand at Root’s Market. Jim’s interests included birdwatching, flower gardening, and he loved spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children: J. Nevin, husband of Donna Funck Benedict of Newmanstown; Belinda, wife of Shane Keeny of Red Lion; Neal, husband of Jean Sauder Benedict of Manheim; Bonnie, wife of Tom Grubbs of Elizabethtown; 10 grandchildren; and a brother: Clyde Benedict of New Holland.

He was preceded in death by two siblings: Marian Hershey and C. Harold Benedict Jr.

Services were held Sept. 13 at Calvary Church, Lancaster. Interment was in East Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Rapho Township.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions in Jim’s memory to Sandy Cove Ministries, 60 Sandy Cove Road, North East, MD 21901; or Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance, 971 N. Colebrook Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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