Deaths of Local Interest -Jan. 17, 2018

By on January 17, 2018

Scott E. Auker, 53, of Lititz, passed away Jan. 9 at UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. Scott loved all aspects of auto racing and enjoyed going fishing. He was a member of Lititz Mennonite Church. His stepmother, Anita Clippinger-Auker, resides in of Ephrata.

Edwin Earl Crockett, 82, of Elkton, Md., passed away Jan. 13. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He retired from Chrysler Corporation, Newark, Del., as an inspector. An avid horseman and cattleman, he loved maintaining his cattle ranch in Tennessee. A pilot, he enjoyed flying his plane, horseback riding, and boating. He was a real cowboy. A daughter, Diane V. Berardi (Robert), lives in Denver. A son, Joseph A. Crockett (Nicole), resides in Ephrata.

Philip “Phil” F. Fisher, 84, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 14 at UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. Phil retired in 1986 from Alcoa, Lancaster after 35 years of service. He was a proud U.S. Army and U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of VFW-Post 1690, Lancaster. A son, Jeffrey Philip Fisher, married to Melissa, resides in Denver.

Doris J. Hahn, 82, formerly of Manheim Township, passed away at Luther Acres, Lititz, on Jan. 11. A homemaker, Doris had a quick wit and a sharp tongue. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards games, and quilt and country theme shopping. Doris went to the grocery store almost every day. She enjoyed summer trips to Ocean City, Md. Her son, Steven Hahn, lives in Ephrata. A stepdaughter, Joan Weaver, resides in Denver.

Elizabeth B. Hostetler, 95, of Fairmount Homes, formerly Bird-in-Hand, passed away Jan. 8. A homemaker, Mrs. Hostetler was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She is survived by a nephew: David F., married to Linda Beiler, Gordonville.

Ralph O. Lutz, 94, of Manheim, passed away Jan. 14 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Ralph proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from Binkley & Ober stone quarry after 40 years of service in sales. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin in Snyder County. Ralph is survived by a son: R. Richard Lutz, of Denver.

Craig A. Mickel, 67, of Lancaster, went to be with our Lord Dec. 22. He was a mechanic at Armstrong World Industries for close to 30 years. Mick loved to ride his Harley with his wife and many treasured friends. Spending time with his grandchildren was very important to Craig. A sister, Deborah Fuss, lives in Ephrata.

Erma S. Nolt, 48, of Leola passed away Jan. 15 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and Mennonite in faith. A sister, Mary Ella, wife of Lawrence Sensenig, and brother, Ammon Weaver, and John, husband of Norma Nolt Weaver, all live in Ephrata. A brother, Mark, husband of Mary Ann Zimmerman Weaver, lives in East Earl

Robert Pattison Simon Jr., 98, formerly of New Holland, died Jan. 7 at Maple Farm Nursing Center, Akron. He started his teaching career at the New Holland High School in 1941-44 and again from 1946-51. He was the principal of the Terre Hill High School from 1951-56. He was an Eagle Scout and as an adult served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 48 (New Holland) from 1947-52. During the Second World War, he served his country from 1944-46 in the U.S. Navy as radar instructor for fighter pilots.

Fred D. Vinson Sr., 98, longtime resident of Luther Acres, Lititz, passed away Jan. 6. Fred proudly served in the US Army during World War II. He worked at Armstrong World Industries as a millwright, retiring in 1982 after 34 years of service. He was a longtime member of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rothsville. Fred loved his family and especially enjoyed the camping trips he went on with them. A daughter, Marie Ellen Hurst (Nevin), lives in Terre Hill. A son, Donald E. Vinson (Janice), resides in Akron.

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