Lester ‘Les’ Snavely, 81, long-time milk deliveryman, avid bowler, passionate motorcyclist

By on May 24, 2017

Lester “Les” Snavely, 81, of Lititz, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Florin, he was the son of the late Monroe and Martha Brubaker Snavely.

He was a member of Brunnerville United Methodist Church. At the age of 15 years, Les worked for Elwood Martin of Mount Joy as a “Bob-Taylor” for Penn Dairy, delivering milk products door to door in the Mount Joy area till 1961. Les was employed by Graybill’s Dairy of Lititz for 31 years as a door-to-door delivery milk man; later he drove tractor trailer for a wholesale route and also Summers had a route at Wengert’s Dairy, now Swiss Milk, of Lebanon. Les received his 25-year watch from his manager Ken Martin of Graybill’s Dairy on Nov. 27, 1992.

A very active bowler throughout his life, Les was a member of the American Bowling Association; and was actively bowling at Clearview Lanes of Mount Joy’s Monday evening men’s league until 2010; Manheim Lanes’ Tuesday night League until 2014; men’s traveling league until 2001; and state and local tournaments.

Each week Les enjoyed golfing with his companions, and golfing all over Pennsylvania golf courses, and out-of-state weekend trips until March 2006. On July 23, 2001, at 11 p.m., he golfed at Fairbanks Alaska Country Club, as far north as you can go, and he received a certificate from the golf club; what an honor. Being a blood donor, over his lifetime Les had donated more than 10 gallons of blood at St. Joe’s Hospital, Lancaster.

Les was a passionate motorcycle rider and a life member of the American Motorcycle Association; a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club, where he received a 30-year pin in 2013; Happy Pappy Cycle Club, with breakfast each Tuesday morning at Evergreen Restaurant, Ephrata. Les helped with many cycle rallies, and tours on his Gold Wing. He would ride in the middle of the pack, and at times when he would he get lost, his companion, Jane S. Connelly, with whom he made his home of 43 years, was always by his side. In 1983, Jane and Les toured all over the U.S. and Canada on their Gold Wing. They experienced a three-week trip of over 10,000 miles.

Les was a member and helper of the Brickerville Leisure Hours Senior Citizen Club for 18 years.

As Les leaves this earth, he leaves a loving companion: Jane S. Bradley Connelly of Lititz.

Preceding him in death were sisters: Verna Mae Snavely and Thelma B. Shelly; and a brother: Harold B. Snavely.

A special thanks to the Rothsville Family Practice, Rothsville Ambulance, Wellspan Ephrata Hospital, and Dr. Weber and staff for the care given to Les.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Brickerville Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Those desiring may send contributions in Les’ memory to: Eastern PA Retreads, c/o Art Gantz, 87 Cold Springs Drive, Manchester, PA 17345.

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

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