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Obituaries Week of July 15, 2010
Jul 16, 2010 - 10:09:22 AM

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Ruth Ann Leitzel
    Ruth Ann Leitzel, 53, of 414 Grand St., Middleburg passed away unexpectedly at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010, at ManorCare, Sunbury.
    She was born July 9, 1957, in Lewisburg, the daughter of Phyllis J. (Moyer) Leitzel, of Middleburg, and the late Grant L. Leitzel.
    Ruthie was a 1976 graduate of Middleburg High School. She attended Woodland Community Church, Middleburg.
    She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and word searches as well as collecting stuffed animals.
    In addition to her mother, she is survived by two brothers and one sister-in-law, David E. and Loye Leitzel, of New Berlin, and Richard L. Leitzel, of Middleburg; aunts and uncles, Winifred and Carson Houtz, of Middleburg, Julia and Jacque Libby, of Mifflinburg, Pauline Leitzel, of Middleburg, Marian Hartman, of Penns Creek, and Albert Heintzelman, of New Berlin; as well as numerous cousins.
    She was preceded in death by two uncles and four aunts, Elder Hartman, Junior Moyer, Marcella Heintzelman, Helen Leitzel, Bertha Leitzel and Katie Heintzelman.
    Visitors were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with Pastor Arden Steiner officiating.
    Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg.

Sudharman
    Sudharman, born as J. Joseph Fenton, 70, of 428 Market St., New Berlin died unexpectedly on Monday, July 5, 2010, at his home.
    He was born on Jan. 16, 1940, in Duluth, Minn., a son of the late Charles Elmore and Dorothy (Doolittle) Fenton.
    He was a 1957 graduate of Lewisburg Area High School. A Dragons football star, he went to Cornell University on an athletic and academic scholarship, graduating in 1961 with a bachelor of science in zoology. While at Cornell, he was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity, and in 1960, he earned the achievement of Academic All-Ivy and All-American football player.
    He entered the Navy in 1961, earning the rank of lieutenant junior grade serving as a UDT-22 frogman, what is now the Navy Seals, until his honorable discharge in 1965.
    Sudharman, a yogi, was the president of Integral Yoga Center of Pennsylvania, located in New Berlin. He was initiated as a disciple by his master, Swami Satchidananda, in 1973 and has taught in colleges, hospitals, a medical school, churches, synagogues and public forums throughout the United States and Europe. Sudharman was instrumental in finding and developing the site of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, a 600-acre retreat in Buckingham, Va. Early in his career, he went into business, eventually serving as general manager of a minor league football team, working alongside coaching legend Vince Lombardi.
    Sudharman was a member of Quill and Daggers Honor Society of Cornell University and served on the Sigma Phi alumni board.
    Surviving are two sons, Rham David Fenton, of New York City, and Jonathan Krishna Fenton, of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; one daughter, Lila Ama Heasley, of Virginia; four grandchildren, Edan Victoria Keighley, Jakobe Fenton, James John Fenton and Luke Bear Fenton; and four sisters, Mary Faint, Emily Toeves, Dolly Symonds and Christine Noll.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers
    A memorial service was held Sat., July 10, at the Integral Yoga Center, 428 Market St., New Berlin.
    A green burial will be conducted privately at the Fenton homestead, New Columbia.
    At the family’s request, anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may make it to the Integral Yoga Center, 428 Market St., New Berlin, PA 17855. These funds will be used to keep the center operating.
    Funeral arrangements were under the care of Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.

Junior A.C. Moyer
    Junior A.C. Moyer, 75, of 240 N. 15th St., Lewisburg passed away on Monday, July 5, 2010, at his home.
    He was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Kissimmee, Snyder County, a son of the late Franklin and Carrie (Walter) Moyer. He was married for 15 years to the former Nancy E. Erb, who preceded him in death on Feb. 21, 2007.
    A 1952 graduate of Middleburg High School, he became an auctioneer and operated his own business, Junior Moyer Auctioneering, for 54 years. He also worked for Moore Business Forms performing maintenance duties, retiring in 1990 after 28 years.
    Junior was a member of Old Fort Lodge 537, Free & Accepted Masons, Centre Hall, and the Williamsport Consistory.
    Surviving are one son, Allen C. Moyer, of Millmont; one daughter, Cindy L. Moyer, of Montandon; two stepsons, Timothy Osborne and wife Sherry, of Mifflinburg, and L. Edward Krisher and wife Barbara, of Milton; three stepdaughters, Sandra Blades and husband Bruce, and Judy Emery and husband Mike, all of Mifflinburg, and Kathy Parrish and husband Michael, of Watsontown; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Winifred and Carson Houtz and Phyllis Leitzle, all of Middleburg, and Julia and Jacque Libby, of Mifflinburg; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
    He was predeceased by one brother, Elder Hartman, and one sister, Marsella Heintzelman.
    Funeral services were held Fri., July 9, at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg. The Rev. Randy Smyre, pastor of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, Montandon, officiated.
    Burial followed in Lewisburg Cemetery. operating.
    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.

Patricia A. Ramp
    Patricia Ann Ramp, 69, of 54 S. Fourth St., Lewisburg, formerly of Tampa, Fla., died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010, at her home.
    Born March 11, 1941, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late William Albert and Carrie Barbara (Loudenslauger) Swartz. She was married to William Edward Ramp, who preceded her in death in 2004.
    She was a 1958 graduate of Lewisburg Area High School.
    Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Judy D. and Mike W. Wise, of Mifflinburg.
    She was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Renee Ramp, on March 26; and a brother in infancy, Ralph Swartz.
    Funeral services will be conducted privately at the convenience of the family.
    Arrangements are under the care of Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

Raymond Paul Raker
    Raymond Paul Raker, 81, of 509 N. Third St., Mifflinburg, died at 9:04 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.
    Born March 7, 1929, in Union County, he was a son of the late Ralph Raymond and Maude Blanche (Koons) Raker. On April 29, 1950, in Snydertown, he married the former Jean A. Graybill, who survives.
    Mr. Raker was employed at American Home Foods, Milton, for 38 years.
    He enjoyed metal detecting and deer hunting.
    Surviving, in addition to his wife of 60 years, are two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Vicki Raker of Iowa and Steve and Tami Raker of Swengel; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Owens of Iowa, Rose and Bill Arnold of New Columbia, Tina and Tom Septer of Iowa, and Sue Raker and her fiancé, Kenny Trevitz, of Winfield; a brother, Frank Raker of Mifflinburg; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Bridge, Florence Feese and Pauline Solomon; a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Owens; a great-granddaughter, Avery Owens; and a son-in-law, Dennis Owens.
    Funeral services were held Wed., July 7,  at the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg. The Rev. Brittin Stimeling officiated.
    Burial was in the Hartleton Cemetery.

Wayne Porter Pierson
    Wayne Porter Pierson, 51, of 878 Paddy Mountain Road, Millmont, for the past three years, formerly of Cochranville, died at 8:55 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Paddy Mountain Road.
    Born Aug. 19, 1958, in Hockessin, Del., he was a son of Joseph Richard and Joan Frances (Porter) Pierson, of Cochranville. On September 16, 1985, in Oxford, he married the former Lisa M. Conley, who survives.
    A 1976 graduate of Octorara Area High School, he was a member of the Faith Bible Chapel, Cochranville.
    He and his wife owned and operated the Best Bowl bowling lanes, Selinsgrove, for the past three years. Prior to moving to Millmont, he was self-employed in custom farming for 20 years.
    Mr. Pierson enjoyed bowling and time with family.
    Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are a son and daughter-in-law, Lucas M. and Alexis K. Pierson of Jacksonville, N.C.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Britian R. and Francisco Berrones of York and Amanda S. Pierson of Colorado; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Douglass and Marsha Peirson of Chardon, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Francisco Berrones III, Lance Berrones and Daemon Peirson.
    Memorial services were held Thurs., July 8, at the Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville. Pastor Scott Althouse officiated.
    Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville, Pa. 19330.
    Funeral arrangements were under the care of Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.

David L. Benfer, Sr.
    David L. Benfer Sr., 63, of Hartleton, died at 4:18 p.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, at M.S. Hershey Medical Center.
    Born May 16, 1947, in Lewisburg, he was a son of the late Marlin Luther and Phyllis (Mull) Benfer.
    He attended Mifflinburg area schools and owned and operated David L. Benfer Construction. He enjoyed farming in western Union County.
    Mr. Benfer was a member of the Union County Sportsman’s Club and Benfer-Miller Post 957, American Legion, New Berlin.
    Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Franklin P. and Aimee Benfer of Middleburg and David L. Benfer Jr. of Hartleton; a daughter and son-in-law, Heather M. and Michael Stahl of Mifflinburg; three grandchildren, Sage Benfer, Jade Benfer and Jessica Stahl; two brothers, Larry E. Benfer of Middleburg and Michael S. Benfer of Mifflinburg; and two sisters, Deborah S. Wray of Lewisburg and Greta Mae Benfer of Mifflinburg.
    He was preceded in death a sister, Patricia Benfer.
    Services were private at the convenience of the family.
    Contributions may be sent to the Union County 4-H Club, 343 Chestnut St., Suite 3, Mifflinburg, Pa. 17844.
    Arrangements were under the care of Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Rev. Kenneth E. Spangler
    Kenneth Eugene Spangler, 81, of Chambersburg, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and dogs.
    Kenneth was born in New Berlin, on December 20, 1928, the son of the late Paul R. and Elma M. (Wetzel) Spangler.
    He was an Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country Award.
    He graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1946 before serving in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948. In 1952, he graduated from Bucknell University, Lewisburg. He attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, graduated in February, 1955 and was ordained on March 6, 1955 as a Lutheran minister. He served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Numidia and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Aristes from March 1955 to August 1963. For the next 25 years, he served at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, retiring in December 1988.
    He and his wife Mary Ellen (Sassaman) Spangler celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2010.
    He is survived by his four daughters; Kathy Kroepil, wife of Joseph, of Chambersburg, Sue Gross, wife of Jay, of Johnstown, Debra Norcross, wife of Michael, of Harrisburg, and Lucy Brookens, wife of Jerry, of Fayetteville, and his grandchildren Ryan Norcross, Kevin and Ellen Kroepil, and Joel and Brandon Brookens. He is also survived by his brothers, Clair, Harold, Orville, Gary, and sister Julia Fetter. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin and a sister, Marian Reich.
    He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He enjoyed visiting his parishioners, gardening, woodworking, and spending time at his mountain home in Weikert.
    He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
    A memorial service was held at St Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg on Fri., June 25. The Rev. Beth Miller officiated.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Research Foundation, P.O. Box 20256, Sarasota, FL 34276 or ELCA World Hunger Appeal, P.O. Box 71764 Chicago, IL 60694-1764.
    Cards and/or notes may be sent to Mary Ellen @ 6225 Bickle, Road,Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.


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