Richard L. Pellman90,Turkey Hill sales manager, farmer

By on June 6, 2012

Richard L. Pellman, 90, of Landis Homes, Lititz, died Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012 at home.

Born in Richfield, Snyder County, he was the second son of the late LeRoy S. and Elizabeth (Lauver) Pellman. Richard is survived by his wife of over 66 years: Betty (Neff) Pellman. Richard and Betty lived most of their lives together near Millersville until they retired to Landis Homes in 2000.

Richard spent more than 50 years at Turkey Hill Dairy where he was sales manager. Among the first retail route drivers, beginning in 1950, he took on increasing leadership and responsibilities as the company grew. After retiring in 1994, he continued part-time with the business, serving as liaison between the dairy and their Minit Markets. Richard was an active member of Rossmere Mennonite Church in Lancaster. He was a beloved Sunday school teacher and served in a variety of leadership roles since becoming a member there in 1960. He served on the boards of Eastern Mennonite Missions and Choice Books. Richard’s first job was helping to farm and to butcher on his family’s farm in Snyder County. When he moved to the Lancaster area in his mid-20s, he first worked on a farm near East Petersburg and also became a part-time butcher with a small Landisville firm. He enjoyed reading, playing tennis, traveling internationally, food and cooking. Richard graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School (Harrisonburg, Va.) in 1939.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter: Phyllis, wife of Merle Good, of Lancaster; a son: Kenneth, husband of Rachel (Thomas) Pellman, also of Lancaster; granddaughters: Kate Good, of Lancaster; Rebecca (Good), wife of Rob Fennimore, of Lancaster; grandsons: Nathaniel Pellman, husband of Cory Scott, of Abingdon, Va.; and Jesse, husband of Sara Reitz Pellman, of Conestoga; a great-grandson; a great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters: Hubert R., husband of Mildred Kauffman Pellman, of Harrisonburg, Va.; William R., husband of Ruth Huber Pellman, of New Holland; brother-in-law: Dwight W. Hartman, husband of Richard’s late sister, Ellen E. Pellman Hartman, Charles W., husband of Anna Mae Brenneman Pellman, and brother-in-law: Calvin W. Redekop, husband of Richard’s late sister, Freda N. Pellman Redekop, all of Harrisonburg, Va.; Ferne P. Pellman, of Lancaster; and Miriam E. Pellman Maust, wife of Wilbur Maust, of Waterloo, Ontario; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on June 2 at West Bethany Chapel, Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, with Marilyn Kurtz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

The Gundel Funeral Home Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements. For additional information or to send a condolence, call 393-1776 or visit

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