Ronald Lee Sandhaus, 69, popular Lititz police officer, HAM radio enthusiast

By on July 23, 2014

Ronald Lee Sandhaus, 69, 533 Spring Avenue, Lititz, passed away peacefully at Johns Hopkins Hospital July 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Columbia, he was the husband of Barbara A. Nickles Sandhaus and they would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on Sept. 21. He was the son of the late Albert D. and Josephine Lentz Sandhaus.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Michelle, wife of Jeremy Strathmeyer, Lititz; two grandsons: Jimmy and Ryan Strathmeyer, Lititz; two sisters: Sandra, wife of Henry Jones and Sherry, wife of Jay Lenhart; two brothers-in-law: Nick, husband of Brenda Nickles and John Nickles; and his father-in-law: Nick Nickles; with many nieces and nephews surviving.

Ron graduated from Columbia High School in 1963 and joined the Lititz Police Department as an officer in 1971. The “Lollipop Cop,” will be remembered for the work he did with children. He wanted to portray a positive and friendly image to the children of Lititz. Ron also initiated the former Neighborhood Crime Watch and he retired on July 31, 1997 after more than 25 years of service.

He was a Sergeant in the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for six years and proudly served his country. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Red Rose Lodge #16, the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club, and a former member and officer of the American Business Club, Lititz, where he enjoyed performing in numerous musicals. He received the Lancaster County Human Relations Award twice for his service to Lititz.

What Ron enjoyed more than anything else was spending time with his family, especially his two grandsons. He was an avid sailor who enjoyed many years on the Chesapeake Bay and shared his love and boating experiences with others. He loved to travel with his wife and friends and was especially fond of Key West and making friends along the way was always easy for him. Ron had been a licensed HAM radio operator for more than 50 years and enjoyed spending his free time bouncing signals off of the moon to communicate with people around the world.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ron’s Life Celebration Service at the Spacht Funeral Home, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1 p.m. Interment at Witness Park Cemetery, Lititz, will follow the service. Friends may attend the visitation at Spacht Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, attn: Johns Hopkins University, 750 E. Pratt St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202 or online at (both requesting in memory of Ronald Lee Sandhaus) or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, attn: Membership Department, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 or online at

A gathering of friends to honor Ron will be held on Thursday, August 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz.

Arrangements entrusted to Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz. Online condolences may be offered at

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  1. Matthew Heckel

    July 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I was not always the person I am today. Thanks to this man and his family their influence has changed my life for the better.Officer Sandhause and I interacted back when I was a less then desirable person of this world. I thank him and his family for their influence on me. They probably have no idea how much.

  2. Kevin Herzer

    July 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Officer Sandhause treated everyone fairly; think he knew we’d eventually start behavng? Rest in peace and I pray God’s peace and comfort upon your family.

  3. Darlene Grove Spignesi

    August 3, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Ron and I were high school classmates back in 1963. He was an incredible guy always with a smile and friendly word for all who knew him. I have not seen him in many years and after having read his life accomplishments and wonderful family he will be missed by those of us who had the good fortune to have known such a great guy.

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