Mahlon Risser, Akron farm market owner, dies

By on November 7, 2012



Mahlon Risser

Mahlon Risser, 83, of Akron, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. He had been under hospice care.

He was born in Lebanon County to the late Elmer P. and Beulah (Hibshman) Risser and was the husband of Anna Mae (Edris) Risser, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage.

Mahlon owned Risser’s Farm Market, Akron, for 38 years, before retiring in 1999. He was a member of Akron Church of the Brethren, where he was deacon emeritus of the church. He also taught Sunday school and was the church custodian for many years. Mahlon served as a volunteer for many years at Ten Thousand Villages, Book Savers and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed gardening, reading and doing puzzles.

In addition to his wife, Mahlon is survived by two sons: Ronald, husband of Jean (White) Risser, of Denver; and Dale, husband of Pat (Maser) Risser, of Bowmansville; six daughters: Linda, wife of Richard Lytle, of University Park, Md.; Sharon, wife of Ken Steiner Jr., of Bowmansville; Patty, wife of Robert Highley, of Denver; Beverly, wife of Robert Miller, of Mohnton; Brenda, wife of John Bienlein, of Flint, Mich.; and Marjorie, wife of Michael Senhouse, of Rock Hill, S.C.; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; a brother: Carl Risser, of Lititz; and two sisters: Frances Lefler, of Myerstown; and Ruth Bashore, of Mt. Aetna.

He was preceded in death by brother: Wayne Risser; and sister: Lena Bashore.

His memorial service was held Nov. 3 at the Akron Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Tom Weber officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in the Wolf’s Cemetery, Ephrata.

If desired, memorial contributions in Mahlon’s memory may be made to the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St., Akron, PA 17501.

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com. More RISSER, page A6

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