Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 10, 2016

By on February 10, 2016

Merle D. Kilby, 82, of Landis Homes, Lititz, passed away Feb. 7. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked in the maintenance department for Sechan Electronics Inc., Lititz. Merle worked to rebuild a 1942 Pontiac and was a published poet. He was an avid Phillies fan. Merle loved spending time with his grandchildren. His daughter, Patti Jo Stripling, lives in Ephrata.

Mary Good Kreider, 86, of Brethren Village, Lititz, and formerly of Lampeter, entered peacefully into rest Jan. 28. Born in Denver, she and her husband, J. Russell Kreider, had celebrated 65 years of marriage. Mary had worked at Willow Valley and also Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community in the culinary departments. She enjoyed gardening, tending her flowers, and spending time with her family.

Melvin S. Martin, 93, died Feb. 2 at his home in Richland. He was the founder of the Martindale Machine Co. of Martindale in 1952. As a machinist, engineer, and draftsman, he designed and built specialized machinery. In 1991 the business transferred to his son who presently runs operations. An avid Bonsai enthusiast and trainer, Melvin cultured many trees. His son, Leland Lee Martin, husband of Marilyn; and a stepdaughter, Arlene Nolt, wife of Ervin, live in East Earl. A sister, Anna Mae Shirk, lives in Akron.

Earl V. Rice, 92, of Lititz, passed away Feb. 1 at the Lebanon VA Hospital. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, 11th Airborne Division. He attended Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata. Earl was a truck driver for numerous trucking firms, including Interstate and ABF, retiring in 1996. From there, he worked for Manheim Auto Auction, where he cherished his extended family at MAA where he was employed until May 2015.

Arlene W. Rineer, 82, of Ephrata Manor, formerly of Lancaster, entered into rest Feb. 1 while surrounded by her family. She was a bookkeeper for H. M. Stauffer and Sons from 1952 to 1961. Later she worked for the County of Lancaster as a judicial clerk for District Justice Bard and later Kopp at the Geist Road District Magistrate office. She enjoyed counted cross-stitch and spending time with her grandchildren.

Chris Thompson, 81, of Elizabethtown, passed away Feb. 1 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Chris proudly served with the United States Marine Corps. His daughter, Tracy Snow, wife of Tom, lives in Ephrata.

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