Lyman Hainley, 61, well-known local coach, umpire dies

By on October 3, 2012

Lyman L. Hainley

Lyman Leo Hainley, 61, of Lititz, joined the choir of angels Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Denver to the late Samuel and Hester (Lausch) Hainley and was the husband of Selma (Keisling) Hainley, with whom he shared 30 wonderful years of marriage to his best friend.

He proudly served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1968 through 1971. After his honorable discharge, Lyman worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. postal service for 37 years, caring for his customers as if they were family. He currently worked part time at Brethren Village as a postman, making sure that his clients had the best service possible. In his spare time, he served, as a PIAA umpire for 20 years, a boys’ baseball coach for the Ephrata Rec Center, and played, coached and managed a men’s slow pitch softball team. As a member of Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, he sang in the choir, performing many solos, he served as a council member for 11 years and served as the director of the Bergstrasse Cemetery for 25 years.

Lyman was known for his keen sense of humor, enjoying life to the fullest. He truly loved to make people laugh. Moreover, he was willing to stand up for others if the cause warranted it. He touched many lives with his positive spirit, more than he ever knew. While sports, especially golf, baseball and football ranked high on the list of things he loved, he also enjoyed music (both singing and listening), antiquing, dancing, but most of all, spending time with his beloved, large, noisy family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Heidi, wife of Joe Battisti, of Reinholds; Shane, husband of Sara Hamill, of Franklin, Tenn.; and Seth Hamill, partner of Dennis Martin, of Denver; four grandchildren: Joshua and Sophia Battisti and Vaughn and Austin Hamill; five brothers: Ronald, husband of Wendy Hainley, of Ephrata; Fred, husband of Kathy Hainley, of Mountville; Samuel, husband of Dori Hainley, of New Holland; Norman, husband of Sara Hainley, of New Holland; and Terry, husband of Michelle Hainley, of Lititz; and his loving dog: Toby.

A memorial service was held Sept. 29 at the Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Lyman’s memory may be made to Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. Stories and condolences can be posted on

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at More HAINLEY, page A19

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