Deaths of Local Interest – August 20, 2014

By on August 20, 2014

Lloyd E. Clark, 83, of Brethren Village, Lititz, and formerly of Smoketown, passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2014. He and his brother Glenn began their own contracting business, G/L Clark Associates, in 1971, and Lloyd was president until 1993. He was a master pruner, loved his cabin in Sullivan County and collecting cars. His daughter, Debbie, married to Bob Nixon, lives in Stevens. A grandson, Michael Nixon, engaged to Heather Kopenhaver, resides in Ephrata.

David L. Hillard, 69, of Spring Hollow Drive, New Holland, died at home Aug. 14. David worked for Eagle Exterior in New Holland and then started David Hillard Home Improvements for the last 20 years. David served in the U.S. Army Long Range Patrol 51st Infantry and was a paratrooper during the Vietnam war. He was a member of New Holland American Legion Post 662, New Holland V.F.W., and Ephrata Area Vietnam Veterans Association.

Florence Z. Horst, 57, of Shippensburg, passed away Aug. 7 in the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center due to injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. She was a member of the Locust Lane Groffdale Conference, Shippensburg. Her sister, Mary June Horst, resides in East Earl.

Bonita “Bonnie” Lorah, 71, of Lancaster, died Aug. 14 at her residence under Hospice care. A graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, she worked for Hamilton Watch Company, Schick and RCA. Bonnie was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary. Her brother, Howard E. Wissler Sr., and his wife, Terri, live in Ephrata.

Louis T. Menga, 64, of Lancaster, died Aug.11. He was employed by Precision Medical Products of Denver, for 26 years. Lou attended Grace Baptist Church in Lancaster, where he ministered as a bass guitar player and as a baritone in the “Encouragement Quartet” that he founded. He was a gifted Sunday School teacher with extensive knowledge, having read the Bible through entirely 10 times. There are no local surviving relatives.

Louise J. Rowits, 86, died Aug. 12 at Luther Acres, Lititz. She was employed as an elementary school teacher with the Middlebury School District in Indiana for 20 years. Louise was a talented artist and enjoyed knitting and reading. One of her greatest joys in life was helping to raise her three grandsons. Her son, Bruce W., husband of Cynthia Rowits, lives in Ephrata.

Terrance “Terry” Lee Sourbeer, 68, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Aug. 16 at the Bob Fryer Hospice Center in Mount Joy. He retired from Armstrong World Industries floor plant following 29 years of employment. His son, David Sourbeer, husband of Ruby Stambaugh, lives in Ephrata.

Cynthia A. Wivell, 57, of Gardners, passed away Aug. 17 in her home. Cynthia graduated from Empire Beauty School and then owned and operated her own beauty salon. Later, she also worked as a bookkeeper for R & W Tractor and was employed by Cracker Barrel and Giant Foods. Her brother, Scott Hoover, resides in Ephrata.

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