Irvin C. Messner 92, “Dixie” Division WWII veteran, co-owner of Messner Brothers

By on February 12, 2014

Irvin C. Messner, 92, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Garden Spot Village.

Irvin C. Messner

Irvin C. Messner

Irvin was the husband of Ruth Ann (Davies) Messner to whom he was married 57 years.

Born in East Earl, he was the son of the late Harry and Kathryn (Sharley) Messner. He was co-owner with his brother of the former Messner Bros., a hide dealer and rendering plant in East Earl.

A longtime resident of Ephrata, he served in the army’s 31st Infantry “Dixie” Division during World War II. He served in the South Pacific, including on Papua New Guinea and Mindanao, the Philippines.

Irvin was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Craig D. of Silver Spring Md. and David V. of Ephrata; two sisters: Mary K. of East Earl and Edith, wife of the late Lester Hess, Lebanon and a granddaughter: Genevieve L. Messner of Bethesda Md. He was preceded in death by a brother: Lloyd, husband of the late A. Kathryn (Fry) Messner and four sisters: Alverta, wife of the late James Fry; Edna, wife of the late Samuel Hess; Helen and Luella.

A funeral was held Feb. 10 at Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, with the Rev. Keith Irvine officiating. Interment will take place at Memory Gardens, Ephrata.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Irvin’s memory may be made to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Ave, New Holland PA 17557.

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