H. Wilbur Nauman, 75, independent trucker, operated Nauman Snowmobile Transport

By on November 24, 2015

H. Wilbur “St. Pete” Nauman, 75, of Ephrata, went home to be with his Lord Nov. 18, 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in Manheim, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth (Barr) Nauman. He was the loving husband of Gloria (Snader), aka “Wifey, with whom he shared more than 58 years of marriage.

Wilbur was a member of Ephrata Grace Church. He was an independent truck driver for 45 years doing all his own maintenance. He began his career as a lime hauler for Martin Stone then hauled potatoes for E.K. Bare & Sons. His family estimates he drove seven million miles during his lifetime, traveling all across the United States and Canada.

Wilbur had a love of snowmobiling. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (P.S.S.A), winning snowmobiler of the year in 1995. For many years he operated Nauman Snowmobile Transport to “support his habit,” as he would say. He spent his summers on Turkey Island, Camp Holly, on the Susquehanna River, boating, water skiing, gardening, and just tinkering around. His family and friends have many fond memories of their times on Nauman’s Island. After his retirement in 2002, Wilbur and Wifey spent their winters at The Hide-A-Way RV Resort in Ruskin, Fla. He spent his final 1½ years at Fairmount Homes in the care of a wonderful staff of which the family appreciates greatly.

He is survived by sons and a daughter: Timothy W. Nauman, Ephrata; James L. Nauman, husband of Cynthia; and Chad S. Nauman, husband of Heather, both of Lititz; and Bonita J. Mulvenna, Ephrata; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, (with two more on the way); a brother: Charles Ray, husband of Betty, Manheim; a sister-in-law: Betty Nauman, East Petersburg.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Betty Zimmerman; two brothers: Stanley and Earl Nauman; and a great-grandson: Asher Finn Barth.

Services were held Nov. 23 at Ephrata Grace Church.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in Wilbur’s memory to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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