Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 23, 2016

By on November 22, 2016

Rodney “Punch” Hehnly, 61, of Robesonia entered into rest Nov. 15 at his home. Rodney and his wife Margaret (Gordon) recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. He was born in Stevens. He acquired and ran the family masonry business for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley, and watching his sons and grandsons race micro sprint cars.

Benjamin H. Hess Jr., 92, passed away Nov. 18 at the Mennonite Home where he had resided with his wife of 70 years, Elma Fahl Hess. He was the owner of the former Hess-Ulrich General Motors dealership, now the Whitmoyer Auto Group. In 1994, he was elected as the Lancaster County Controller, with whom he served until his retirement in 2001. He served in the U.S Army Air Corps during World War II and later achieved his private pilot license. A daughter, Carol, wife of Arthur Hagy, lives in Stevens.

Alvin H. Martin, 71, of Myerstown, died Nov. 18 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Alvin was employed as a farmer and later worked for Wenger’s Farm Equipment in Myerstown for 14 years and D. J. Implements. He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference in Myerstown. His sister, Naomi, married to Peter Shirk; and brother, Leroy, married to Emma Martin, reside in Denver.

Robert C. Weit Jr., 79, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 16 at his home. Born in Ephrata, Robert had worked at Safe Padlock, Mount Joy Wire, and Blue Ridge Cable, where he retired. He was a big fan of the Eagles. He was a U.S. Army paratrooper, serving two tours overseas. His brother, John Weit, husband of Sharon, lives in Brownstown.

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