Deaths of Local Interest – May 18, 2017

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Arthur F. Bowman, 77, passed away at his residence in Brook Place North, Brethren Village on May 14. Art graduated from Ephrata High School in 1958. he worked as a research scientist for DuPont Chemical in Delaware and later for Atlas Powder Company and ICI Explosives, Tamaqua. During his career, Art was responsible for advancements in detonator technology, with that work resulting in the issuance of several patents.Art was known for his calm demeanor and dry sense of humor, his kind and compassionate heart and his love for his family and community.

Laura W. Hoover, 86, of Mountville, passed away May 10. She was a member of Mountville Mennonite Church where she taught Bible and Sunday school classes. She enjoyed sewing, making and sending cards, and being a devoted mother. Laura and her family lived in Sarasota, Fla., for 38½ years. Many local siblings survive, including: Kathryn (late John) Ebersole; Bertha (Ben) Brubaker; Norman (Anna) Wenger; Mary (John) Becker; Michael (Mary) Wenger; Edna (late Melvin) Cramer; Anna (late Ron) Reimer; Paul (Elsie) Wenger; and Martha (Bob) Harnish.

David P. Minnich, 75, formerly of Lititz, passed away in Pottsville on May 7. A talented and top-notch carpenter, David was self-employed in his own carpentry business, spanning a career of over 30 years. While growing up in Lititz, he helped in the family business, Minnich’s Deli. He had also played semi-pro football for the Lebanon Rams in the 1960s. A fan of all sports, he was in particular a Penn State fan. He enjoyed hiking and biking, was very health-conscious, and liked to play chess. His brother, James Minnich, married to Doris, lives in Ephrata.

C. Howard Wagaman, 91, of Lititz, passed away at United Zion Retirement Community on May 13. Howard retired from the US Postal Service. Previously he worked at Armstrong. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and tin work. He loved his beloved lily pond. Howard will be remembered as a gentle soul. Most of all, Howard enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were the light in his eyes. His daughter, Donna I. (Keith) Blackman, lives in Ephrata. A daughter, Diane L. (Rick) Smith, lives in Denver.

Paul S. Weber, 97, of Landis Homes, formerly of Bowmansville, passed on to his heavenly home on May 14. Paul worked as an auto body technician for over 35 years at Lichty Brothers in East Earl, retiring in 1981. He was a lifetime member at Bowmansville Mennonite Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. A daughter, Mary Ellen, married to Marvin Gingrich, lives in Ephrata. A son, Eugene, married to Joyce (Snader) Weber, resides in Reamstown.

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