Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 21, 2015

By on January 21, 2015

Dale Donald Doutrich, 80, of Lancaster, died Jan. 18 at Hospice & Community Care Center, Mt. Joy. He attended Lancaster Business School and then went to work for Armstrong World Industries for 35 years. After retiring, he worked part time for Clark Inc., Paradise, and the Strasburg Railroad. He enjoyed collecting milk bottles, Hess trucks, Ertl trucks, coins and banks. His sister, Beverly A. (Denton L.) Miller, resides in Ephrata.

Richard Bevier Duncan, 87, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 16 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He honorably served his country in the peacetime U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. In 1955, Dick began working for Armstrong World Industries, first as a writer in advertising and promotion. He retired as the editor of the Floor Plant Journal after 32 years of loyal employment. He was a long-time usher at the Fulton Opera House, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and the Hershey Theater.

Betty E. Emery, 92, of Honey Brook, passed away Jan. 18 at Hickory House Nursing Home. “Come the spring bloom when jenny wren returns, may she mourn the old friend she will call on no more.” Her daughter, Hazel Doman, lives in Ephrata.

James Louis “Jim” Ibaugh, 70, of Landisville, passed away Jan. 14 at Brethren Village, where he had been a guest for 10 years. Jim worked for Burle Industries, formerly RCA and GE, in Lancaster for over 27 years as an engineering technologist until he retired in 1996. He is the holder of two U.S. patents that he earned with the company for an electron discharge device in 1974 and a photomultiplier tube in 1981.

Jeffrey A. Landis, 49, of Lititz, died suddenly of natural causes Jan. 14. Jeff was of the Christian faith. He was very nostalgic and active on Ebay, dealing in antiques. His brother, Michael R. Landis, husband of Lynn, lives in Denver.

Anna M. Miller, 86, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, passed away Jan. 13. Anna worked as a designer for many years at Singing Needles. After her retirement, Anna owned and operated Terry Town, in Stevens. She was known for her excellent needlework, and was a member of Intercourse United Methodist Church.

Lorraine Ethel (Theis) Silknetter, 82, of Homestead Village, Lancaster, passed away Jan. 17. Her son, Daniel W., husband of Michealla (Chew) Silknetter, resides in Denver.

Erma Wenger passed away Jan. 15 at Landis Homes following lifelong pulmonary disease. She received a gift of $5 from the SICO Foundation for being the first baby born in Lancaster County in 1940. She was a part-time waitress over a 30-year period at Good and Plenty Restaurant in Smokestown. She also taught in the Domestic Science School in Musoma, Tanzania, where she lived for four years with her family under Eastern Mennonite Missions. A sister, Edna Snader, lives in Ephrata. A sister, Bertha Kreider, resides in Denver.

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