Clair E. Kreider, 93, of Quarryville, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, where he and his wife Betty had been residing since October 2014.
Born at home in Mechanic Grove, he was the son of the late John and Violetta (Ruhl) Kreider. Clair and his wife, Betty (Fisher) Kreider, had celebrated 72 years of marriage in June.
Clair was a dairy farmer for 35 years. After farming, he went on to work for the Eschbach Bus Service, where he drove and also trained many of the school bus drivers in southern Lancaster County. Clair retired on his 80th birthday after 60 years of service and was named Solanco employee of the year in 1995.
Clair loved the Lord. He grew up attending Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren. He and Betty served as Deacons for many years. The two went on to become founding members of Lampeter Church of the Brethren, where he served on the church board, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and welcomed everyone as they entered the church on Sunday mornings.
Clair was supportive of his community and could be seen at the Brethren Disaster Relief auction, starting in 1977, where he helped found and chair the heifer fund. He sang in the Kreider Quartet along with his brother and cousins. Clair enjoyed softball and played in the church league. He finished up his ball playing as an All-star on the Willow Street Old Timers League.
James W. Vaughan, Sr, 61 of Peach Bottom, PA, passed away on September 26, 2017.
He was the husband of Brenda Fisher Vaughan. They had celebrated 41 years of marriage.
Born in West Grove, PA, a son of Edward Vaughan, Sr, Nottingham, and the late Helen Keys Vaughan.
Jim had worked in sales in the oil industry. He had been a VP with Walker Oil, where he had worked for over 20 years.
Jim was a faithful member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time in his garage working, and especially time with his grandchildren.
Malcolm P. “Mac” Dalrymple, 91, of Quarryville, formerly of Andover, NJ, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017, at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. He was the loving husband of the late Catherine V. (Van Syckle) Dalrymple, sharing 64 years of marriage at the time of her passing in 2012.
Born in Newton, NJ, he was the son of the late Louis Albert and Phoebe Olive (Struble) Dalrymple.
Mac was a graduate of Newton High School in Newton, NJ, class of 1943. He went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Navy ROTC V12 Program, graduating from Yale University with a B.S. in Naval Science, then served in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, earning the American Area and Victory Medals. After discharge from the Navy, Mac attended Rutgers University and graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in Agriculture Engineering. Mac then found employment in the Utility Industry with Jersey Central Power & Light (formerly New Jersey Power and Light), first as a Farm Representative, then Industrial Sales Representative, and lastly as manager of Consumer Services, Bay Division, retiring in 1987 with 38 years’ service.
Mac’s hobbies of gardening and carpentry were more a passion than hobby. He always had large gardens, the garden at their Andover home being nearly a quarter-acre that he meticulously maintained without the luxury of power equipment. Mac built their Andover home (with a significant amount of help from family and friends), and then doubled it in size for his expanding family. While in his 50’s, he completely remodeled a 100-year old farmhouse in Wall Township, NJ. When that was done, he still spent weeks at a time helping his sons with their own building projects, from simple additions to restorations to full new home construction.
Mac was very involved in his community. He served as Chief of the Andover Borough Fire Department, President of the Andover Kiwanis Club, and as President of the Middletown, NJ, Chamber of Commerce. Mac was instrumental in the building of the ballfield for Andover Little League. He was also the announcer for the Andover Arrows Youth Football teams. Mac was active in the Boy Scouts, having been a Boy Scout and Sea Scout himself until his leaders were called off to war. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 81 in Andover for 10 years, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 128 in Middletown for 5 years, a District Commissioner for 2 years, and he proudly saw all four of his sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Post retirement, Mac’s passion in life was serving at The Historic Village at Allaire in Farmingdale, NJ.
Walter “Rick” E. Steffy, Sr., 60, of Quarryville, formerly of Oxford, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017.
He was the husband of Karen Bennett Steffy with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Horace and Harriet Messler Steffy.
Rick was employed with G. Guizzetti & Sons Mushroom Farm, Landenberg as a truck driver.
He was a member of the American Motorcycle Assoc., Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsman’s Assoc.
Rick enjoyed flat track motorcycle racing and spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Philip M. Lanese, Sr., 79, of Holtwood, PA, formerly of Ridgefield Park, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy, PA. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Michael Charles and Mary Burkard Lanese.
Philip was a 1955 graduate of Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School in New Jersey. After high school, he attended Newark College of Engineering. Philip went on to find employment in the field of electronics, working for ADT Security. After leaving ADT, Philip worked as an Electrical Engineer for Belco Pollution Control, SHL Design Corporation, a company he owned and operated and finally Two Technologies. After leaving these positions, Philips never fully retired and he continued as a consultant, working in the electronics industry for over 50 years.
An avid amateur radio operator, Philip had the call letters, K3IB. He was a long time member of the Mt. Airy VHF Society and particularly enjoyed communicating with other amateur radio operators by bouncing radio signals off the moon.
Patricia A. “Pat” Oatman, 70, of Holtwood entered into rest at her home on Sunday, September 17, 2017, with her loving husband by her side.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late, Stanley and Pauline (Benedict) Stauffer.
She was the loving wife of Fred S. Oatman, Jr., they had shared life together for over 23 years.
Pat had worked as a CNA at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community and had retired after 23 years of employment. Pat enjoyed crocheting, vacationing at the beach, going on cruises, road trips and watching her grandson play baseball. She loved spending time with her little nephews, Will Myers, and James Oatman.
Miriam J. Walton-Pownall, 90, of Lancaster died Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Manor Care.
She was the widow of William K. Walton and LaVerne S. Pownall. Born in Manor Township she was the daughter of the late Charles H. Frey and Anna B. Frey.
An immaculate homemaker, Miriam enjoyed raising her family, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She was a member of Little Britain Presbyterian Church and the Fulton Grange.
Nora Mae Brown, 93, formerly of Nottingham, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, September 15, 2017. Born in Georgetown, PA she was the daughter of the late Amos J. and Nora (Moore) Caskey. Her husband, Maurice E. Brown, Sr. passed away in 1973.
Mae graduated from Bart High School and attended Lancaster General Hospital’s nursing school. Most of her life Mae worked alongside of her family in the well drilling business. She loved the outdoors and especially working in her garden and watching the birds. Mae had a strong Christian faith.
John W. Lewis Jr., 90, of Quarryville PA, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was the husband of Barbara Jane Bailey Lewis. They had celebrated 69 years of marriage.
John’s hobby was working. A self-employed building contractor for over 30 years, he had built many homes in Lancaster Co, many of which were in Manheim Twp. He had retired from Warfel Construction in 1994.
Born in East Drumore Twp. PA, he was a son of the late John Lewis Sr, and Estella Hammon Lewis. He was brought up in the Methodist faith.
James Harold Cole, 76, of Willow Street, PA, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017. He was the husband of Joanne Frances Rohrer Cole. They had celebrated 57 years of marriage.
Born in Lancaster, PA, a son of the late Lee S. and Alverder V. Edmiston Cole.
A machinist by trade, James had worked at the former Alcoa Corp. until its closing. He had proudly served in the US Army with most of his duty in France.
James was a member of Brethren In Christ Church, Refton, PA. Traveling was a passion of James.