Ronald E. Lingenfelter, 73, currently of York, formerly of Stewartstown, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.
He was the husband of Norma J. (Martz) Lingenfelter, to whom he was married 51 years.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Stewartstown Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown, beginning with Masonic Rites at 1 p.m. by the Shrewsbury F & AM Lodge No. 423.
Pastor Howard Edmondson and Rev. Barry Robison will officiate.
There will be a luncheon and a time for remembering Ron immediately following the service.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Born March 21, 1938, in Punxsutawney, Ron was the son of the late N. Parnell Lingenfelter and Eleanor Ruth (Mann) King and the step-son of the late Art King.
He retired after 30 years of service as an Analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense.
After retirement, Ron enjoyed working part-time for various local businesses including a pharmacy in York, Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown, Saubel’s Market in Shrewsbury and Kunkle’s Lawn Kare in Stewartstown.
He was a member of the Shrewsbury F & AM Lodge No. 423 since May 1993, and a 35-year member of the Stewartstown Lions Club where he enjoyed playing the role of Santa Claus at Christmas time for many years.
Ron was a life member of the NRA, a 25-year member of the Hopewell Township Planning Commission, and a member of the Hopewell Fish & Game Association. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, playing golf and loved children.
Ron was a multifaceted man who, along with his brother Bruce, propagated a rare Pennsylvania apple grown on his family’s farm in Punxsutawney and named it “October Blush.” He went on to have these apple trees grown at local orchards including Blevins Fruit Farm in Stewartstown, Brown’s Orchards in Loganville and Raab Fruit Farms in Dallastown. He liked following Penn State football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Ron cherished his family and friends, and was most proud of his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brent Lingenfelter of Pasadena, Md., and his girlfriend, Michele Howe of Abingdon, Md.; and a daughter, Renee Plazak and her husband, Jim of Columbia, Md.
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Adele, Samuel, and Olivia Plazak and Kara and Brooke Lingenfelter; two brothers, A. Jack Lingenfelter and his wife Beverly, and Bruce P. Lingenfelter, all of Punxsutawney.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stewartstown Lions Club, PO Box 404, Stewartstown, Pa. 17363 to establish the Ronald E. Lingenfelter Education Scholarship.
J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 19 S. Main Street, Stewartstown, is assisting the family with arrangements.