V. Orval Wonder, 89, WWII vet, owned Wonder Disposal Service, enjoyed attending fireman’s parades

By on January 11, 2017
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V. Orval Wonder, 89, of Akron, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was born in Lititz to the late George Dewey and Miriam Theresa (Lehn) Wonder, and was the husband of Linda Fay Wonder, with whom he shared 30 years of marriage.

Orval attended the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Akron. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his working years, he was employed by Armstrong Cork Co., Lancaster; and Bob Lutz Oil Co., Ephrata. He owned and operated Wonder Disposal Service, which operated in Akron, Ephrata, Lititz, and Lancaster areas. He retired from the janitorial services in the Ephrata Area School District. He enjoyed making birdhouses, attending fireman’s parades, and fundraising for various fire companies.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Sharon Kendig-Mast, wife of Floyd Mast, of Akron; Deborah, wife of Ronald Diem Sr., of Kinzers; two stepsons: Tom Schwear of Ephrata, Dale Schwear of Manheim; a stepdaughter: Connie Gutshall of Lancaster; three grandsons: Shawn, Joshua, and Justin Kendig; a granddaughter: Lori Styer; and two great-grandsons: Ethan and Owen Kendig.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife: Mildred May (Sprecher) Wonder.

Services were held Jan. 10 at Stradling Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Jeffrey Martin officiating. Interment followed in the Bowmansville Union Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.

Flowers are welcomed; if desired, memorial contributions in Orval’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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

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