Paul E. Balmer, 100, retired farmer, Lititz Lions, YMBL member, Meals on Wheels volunteer, hunter

By on December 6, 2017

Paul E. Balmer, 100, of Lititz, passed away on Dec. 2, 2017.

He was the son of the late John A.G. and Laura Moore Balmer. He was the husband of Evelyn Daveler Walters Balmer for almost 20 years. His first wife, Mildred Enck Balmer, died in 1996 after 54 years of marriage.

Paul was a dairy, chicken and crop farmer until his retirement in 1985 and then worked part time at the Manheim Auto Auction until he was in his 90s. He had a sharp wit and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The family farm was a gathering place for extended family and friends. Paul often offered small jobs to people who had fallen on hard times and had strong ties to others in the community. When the main barn on the farm burned down in 1954, Amish and friends held a barn raising to replace it.

Paul was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lititz where he served as a trustee, an usher, and on many committees over the years. In the community, he was a past member of the Lititz Lions Club, a member of the Young Men’s Business League of Lititz, a member of Manheim Masonic Lodge, and delivered Meals on Wheels for the Lititz area. Earlier in his life Paul enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Merry Men’s Hunting Club, and later joined the Triple “G” Pines Hunting Club.

Surviving besides his wife are three children: James Balmer (Evelyn) of Lititz; Hazel Nestleroth (Mark) of Manheim; and John Balmer (Susanne) of Denver, Colo.; and a step-daughter: Bonnie McCue (Kristopher) of Lancaster. He will also be missed by nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Mildred Eisemann of Ephrata.

Preceding him in death are four sisters: Martha Gibble, Alverta Balmer, Mary Longenecker, Ruth Tennis; and three brothers: J. Lester, C. Mervin, E. Roy Balmer.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Paul’s service of remembrance and thanksgiving at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 W. Orange St., Lititz, on Monday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday morning from 10 a.m.until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Machpelah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Paul’s memory to: Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 200 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543.

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

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