Rev. David Paul Unangst 68, served at Salem United Methodist Church, Rothsville Fire Co. Chaplain

By on February 13, 2014

Rev. David Paul Unangst

Rev. David Paul Unangst

Rev. David Paul Unangst, 68, of Lititz, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lititz.

He was born in Quakertown to the late Paul and Marion (Frey) Unangst and was the husband of Mary Ann (Holsinger) Unangst with whom he shared 46 years of marriage.

David faithfully served as a United Methodist Pastor for 47 years in the Eastern PA Conference. During his ministry, he served the Memorial United Methodist Church, West Carrollton, Ohio; St. Paul United Methodist Church, Mount Carmel; Covenant United Methodist Church, Bath; Long Memorial United Methodist Church, Neffsville and after retirement he has been serving part-time at the Salem United Methodist Church, Rothsville for the past five years. Pastor Unangst also served as Chaplain for several police and fire departments where he was presently serving the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company. He was a 1963 graduate of Palisades High School, Kintersville and a 1967 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a degree in religion and philosophy. In 1970, he received his Master of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. His hobbies and interests included Lionel train railroading, NASCAR of which he was a Tony Stewart fan and collectible cars. His favorite sports teams were the Washington Redskins and the University of N.C. Tarheels. He especially enjoyed family time and being silly with his four granddaughters and vacationing at the shore.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son: Brian D., husband of Heather E. (Quay) Unangst of Bath; a daughter: Julie, wife of Jason B. Perkowski of Lancaster; four granddaughters: Erin, Kristen, Katelyn and Allison and a sister: Kathy L. Unangst of Leola.

A celebration of life was held Feb. 7 at the Long Memorial United Methodist Church, Lancaster, with Reverends James B. Todd and Harry L. Kaufhold officiating. Interment service was held Feb. 8 at the Point Phillips Cemetery, Bath, with Rev. Michael J. Netznik officiating.

Memorial contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church, 1744 Old Rothsville Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or LUMINA, 20 E. Clay St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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