Ray S. Balmer, 87, Manheim Auto Auction driver, pit crew member at Silver Springs Speedway

By on November 20, 2018

Ray S. Balmer, 87, of 140 Greensprings Road, York died Sunday morning Nov. 11, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and congestive heart failure.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Lester and Ella Mae (Shriner) Balmer. He was the loving husband of the late Gloria E. Balmer, who passed away in July of 2011. Ray and Gloria were married for 55 years.

Ray started working for Raymark as a quality control supervisor and became a member of the American Society for Quality Control and the Industrial Management Club. Ray was promoted to supervisor of the aerospace department and tasked with the overseeing of the production of the sensors for patriot missiles. Ray retired after many years of service.

He loved to meet new people so he started working at the Manheim Auto Auction with other Raymark retirees. Due to the Alzheimer’s, he was forced to stop driving. Ray was a lifetime member of Manheim Lodge #587 F&AM and was also a member of the former Lititz first Church of God. In his spare time he was on the pit crew for Gary Wolford #46 at Silver Spring Speedway.

Ray is survived by daughters: Heather Eichelberger (Bobby) of York; Bridget Miller of Lafayette, Colo.; Kim Becker (Rick) of Elizabethtown; a son: Greg Balmer (Donna) of Boulder, Colo.; two granddaughters: Keira Eichelberger of York, Lauren Becker of Elizabethtown; and three grandsons: Cole Eichelberger of York; Ty Miller of Lafayette and Derek Becker of Elizabethtown; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Robert Balmer; and a sister: Reba Kreider.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Dec. 1  at 11 a.m. at Spacht-Snyder Funeral Home with Rev. R. Victor Shifler officiating, 127 S. Broad Street, Lititz. The family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at East Fairview Brethren Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be posted to snyderfuneralhome.com. Arrangements handled by Spacht-Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz.

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