Deaths of Local Interest – May 24, 2017

By on May 24, 2017

Harley L. Gordner, 80, of Narvon, died May 13 while at his hunting camp near Pine Grove. Harley was employed as a meat cutter at various stores in Berks and Lancaster counties. He was a member of Immanuel Free Reformed Church where he served as a deacon for 17 years. He had a servant’s heart and devoted much of his time to helping and caring for others. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and loved sitting on the porch of his hunting cabin. His son, Harley Jr., married to Melody Gordner; and a son, Fred, married to Melissa Gordner, reside in in Denver. A daughter, Suzy, married to Keith Diem, lives in Reamstown.

Andrew S. Hoover, 2, son of Melvin Oberholtzer Hoover and Karen Elaine Sauder Hoover died May 16 at his home in Marion Township, Berks County. He was born at home on Sept. 18, 2014. His grandparents: Paul and Anna Mary Sauder, reside in Denver. A step-great-grandmother, Barbara Weaver, lives in Ephrata.

Phyllis L. Keller, 81, of Blue Ball, passed away May 14 at her residence. Phyllis was a homemaker who in her spare time enjoyed flower gardening, antiquing, Christmas time, eating at Town Hall Restaurant, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Sons, Michael L. Keller, husband of Brenda (Stick); and Jon L. Keller, husband of Rochelle (Samuels), live in Denver.

Roger Alvin Poppe, 80, of Leola, passed away peacefully at home on May 16. Roger was a retired vice-president for Ross Technologies and was the founder of Poppe Distributing. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean War. A member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Lancaster, he enjoyed traveling, off-shore bill fishing and spending time with family. His daughter, Jeane Poppe, lives in Ephrata.

Duane E. Rea, 44, of Lititz, passed away unexpectedly on May 21. Duane was employed at GSK Pharmaceuticals for the last six years. He enjoyed watching movies, was an avid Eagles fan, loved the beach, was the family’s chocolate connoisseur, but especially loved spending time with his family. His son, Gavin D. Rea, companion of Amanda Shoenberger; and two brothers: George Rea Jr., husband of Holly, and James Rea, all reside in Ephrata.

Melvin Snyder, 95, died peacefully at Luther Acres Retirement Community in Lititz, on May 20. He was employed at Packaging Corporation in Lancaster for 30 years. After his retirement from there, he worked at Manheim Auto Auction for 20 years. Mel loved to tease and laugh, and his humor will be missed. A granddaughter, Tonya Snyder, resides in Ephrata.

Robert C. Strickler, 81, of New Holland, died May 13 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. He had a sales career, starting with Sico Oil Co, Mt. Joy; UGI Corp., Lancaster division; and then spent many years in real estate and insurance with Educators Mutual and Prudential Snyder Associates. He was a member of Ephrata Lodge #665, F. & A.M. Bob traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting all seven continents. He was an avid Penn State and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

John F. Wiggins, 84, of Conestoga View, died May 12 at his residence. John was a machine shop worker at PA Scale in Leola for over 20 years. After his retirement he worked at Sharp Shopper, Leola, and Joe Myers Restaurant, Lancaster. He was a member of the Leola United Methodist Church and the Bareville Fire Company. He loved watching baseball and helping out at the fire company. His daughter, Beth Ann, wife of Douglas Troutman, lives in Denver.

Juanita M. Williams, 73, of New Holland, died May 15 at her home after an illness. Juanita worked as a clerk for many years at Royer Pharmacy in Leola. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster. Her daughter, Sondra, married to Carl Isaacs, lives in Denver.

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