Kenneth M. Hontz, 79, Air Force retiree, worked for Sechan Electronics, enjoyed CB radios

By on April 13, 2016

Kenneth M. Hontz, 79, of Manheim, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Born in Nanticoke, and a graduate of Catawissa High School Class of 1956, he was the son of the late Russell and Mildred Thomas Hontz and the stepson of the late Benjamin Klees. Ken was the loving husband of Hedwig “Hedy” Paegel Hontz, and they observed their 55th wedding anniversary in July of last year.

He retired from the Air Force in May 1979, receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal that followed a service career spanning 23 years as a defense system and radio relay equipment technician. After retirement, Ken was employed by International Signal and Control, Lancaster, and Sechan Electronics, Lititz. He was a member of numerous military and veteran organizations, including Manheim American Legion Post No. 419, and enjoyed woodworking, working with small engines, CB radios, and helping with the Boy Scouts in his earlier years. During his 10-year stay at the Lebanon VA Hospital, he was an avid bingo player and enjoyed gardening and art.

The family is grateful to the staff and nurses at the VA for the dedicated and loving care. Ken’s nephew, Casey, was treated like family when he visited during Dad’s last days.

Surviving in addition to his wife: Hedy; is a son: Kenneth B., husband of Judith L. Hontz; their daughter: Ava, of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter: Erica J., wife of James R. Hoffman, of Manheim; Hedy’s sister: Erika Fotaras, of Rhodes, Greece; two sisters: Nancy, wife of Les Garcia, of Berwick; and Molly, wife of Charles Lukeski, of Bloomsburg; four nieces; one nephew; and their families.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation with the family at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim, on Friday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment services will be private and at the convenience of the family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ken’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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