Wilbur W. Balmer, 88, was 56-year Kurtz truck driver

By on February 5, 2014

Wibur W. Balmer

Wibur W. Balmer

Wilbur W. Balmer, 88, of Akron, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Maple Farm Nursing Center.

He was born in Lancaster County to the late Joseph and Emma (Wiest) Balmer and was the husband of the late Ethel A. (Strohm) Balmer who passed away in October 2005.

Wilbur was a member of the Akron Church of the Brethren. He had been a truck driver for Kurtz Bros. Concrete and Lancaster Ready Mix. In 2002, he was awarded the National Ready Mix Concrete Assoc. Driver Safety Award for 56 years of driving with no accidents. He enjoyed hunting and sports, especially the Phillies and 76ers and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wilbur is survived by four sons, Jerry L., husband of Pamela J. (Wagner) Balmer of Ephrata, Gary N., husband of Kathryn M. (Mahler) Balmer of Stevens, Dennis L., husband of Nancy S. (Stabely) Balmer of Lititz, Jay R., husband of Nancy K. (Steffy) Balmer of Ephrata and a daughter, Joanne M. Balmer of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren, Christopher L., husband of Tonya (Walker) Balmer, Andrea L., wife of Stephen Risser, Gwen L., wife of Benjamin Jones, Melissa J., wife of Kirby Long, Kimberly A., wife of Timothy Stevenson, Ryan S. Balmer, Jacqueline C., wife of Nicholas Wachinski, Abigail M., wife of Kevin Kirchoff, Jamie K., wife of Todd Cwynar, Kyle J., husband of Nicole (DeMarco) Balmer, Ali K., wife of Richard Gasperini; 22 great grandchildren; in his later years he enjoyed the friendship of Mary Meisky of Lancaster.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Balmer.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St., Akron. An additional viewing will be held on Monday, February 3, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church, followed by his funeral service at 2 p.m., with Pastor Tom Weber and Bishop Lester B. Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Wilbur’s memory may be made to the Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St., Akron, PA 17501.

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

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