Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 20, 2017

By on December 20, 2017

Edward Henry Bonekemper III, 75, of Willow Street, died Dec. 9 of a brief and unexpected illness at Lancaster General Hospital. Ed served as a U.S. government attorney for the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation for more than 34 years. He taught military history classes as an adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College and wrote a number of books about the Civil War. After retiring from his day job, Ed’s new vocation became traveling the country to discuss the Civil War with round tables and history groups of people who shared his passion.

Arthur “Art” J. Fawber, 73, of West Hempfield Township, passed away at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy on Dec. 14. Art worked as a butcher for Kunzler & Company and Goodhart’s. He was a party waiting to happen, and laughter and humor were always part of his demeanor. Art coached little league football, basketball and baseball when his sons played. a sister, Nancy Borchick, resides in Ephrata.

Harold Elias Reed, 83, died Dec. 13 at Landis Homes, Lititz. A seminary graduate, he was a pastor in Chester, then in Somalia for 14 years with Eastern Mennonite Missions. As human resources director and Africa administrator for EMM, he traveled annually to Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, offering missionary support and fostering relationships with local churches. Until illness curtailed formal ministry, Harold also served as chaplain at Garden Spot Village, New Holland. Adept at administration and a good listener, he blessed family and those he worked with, and had skill in vehicle maintenance.

Edna L. Sheaffer, 89, formerly of Lancaster, died Dec.15 at Moravian Manor. Her wish was to go home for Christmas and be with her beloved late husband of 71 years, Amos L. Sheaffer Jr. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. Edna was a member of Community United Methodist Church for many years. A daughter, Frances Louise Sheaffer, lives in Akron. A daughter, Barbara Ann, married to William Litzenberger, lives in Ephrata.

William A. Sloat Sr., 92, of Lancaster, formerly of Elizabethtown, died peacefully Dec. 13, at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Alaska. William had worked at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot as a supervisory equipment specialist for many years before retiring. He was a member and former trustee at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown. William and his wife enjoyed traveling. A son, William A. II, husband of Evelyn J. Sloat, lives in Denver.

Michael Charles Sweigart, 54, of Columbia passed away Dec. 6. Michael was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and fishing as well as rock music and the Philadelphia Eagles. He worked for many years with the Wilton Corporation as a welder. He was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, and brother who will be deeply missed by his family. His twin sister, Sherry, wife of Todd Felpel, resides in Ephrata.

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