Robert A. Wanner, 66, tech writer, involved in Christian music ministries, quiet and kind

By on December 7, 2016

Robert A. Wanner, 66, went to be with his Lord on Nov. 29, 2016 at Conestoga Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, after a battle of several years with dementia.

Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late James H. Wanner and late Ella F. Goodman.

He was a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, Class of 1968. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University. After graduation he worked for Campus Crusade for Christ in California. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary, and later earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, and a technical writing certification from Clark University.

For most of his adult life he lived in Massachusetts, where he worked as a technical and senior technical writer for Digital Equipment Corp., Sykes Enterprises, and Pri-Brooks Automation. For many years he and his wife were involved in Christian music ministry, and religious studies and teaching. He also enjoyed watching and playing basketball, baseball, and tennis. Bob was a quiet, kind individual with a wonderfully dry sense of humor and wit.

He returned to Lancaster County, where he resided for the past 15 years. He was employed by Conestoga Wood Specialties, and attended Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Akron.

He is survived by one brother: Ronald J. Wanner, husband of Susan R.; a niece: Jennifer; a nephew: David; stepmother: Carol Wanner; and stepsister: Lori Armstrong.

Services were held Dec. 6 at Stradling Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Les Cool officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Faith Friendship Villa, 128 W. Main St., P.O. Box 567, Mountville, PA 17554, where Bob resided for several years.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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