Parkland Press

Friday, June 5, 2020

Gary R. Werkheiser

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

avid hunter and fisherman

Gary R. “Buck” Werkheiser, 77, of New Tripoli, died May 4, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his wife, Diane Sittler-Werkheiser, celebrated 53 years of marriage in February.

Born Jan. 2, 1943, in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Evelyn Werkheiser.

A 1960 graduate of Allentown High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964-66 and was honorably discharged in 1970.

He started his own construction company and, later in 1986, he pursued a new business becoming owner/operator of Alert Security Systems.

Sharon G. Thompson

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

volunteered for Northern Lehigh Food Bank

Sharon G. Thompson, 72, of Germansville, died May 9, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She and her husband Bernard T. Thompson were married 42 years.

Born Nov. 12, 1947, in Washington, Warren County, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Daniel P. and Olive (Kries) Leh.

She was a certified medical transcriptionist for several local hospitals before becoming a homemaker.

A member of the Lutheran congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, she served on several committees and volunteered for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.

Alton F. Rauch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

quality control manager at Crayola

Alton F. Rauch, 69, of Forks Township, Easton, died May 5, 2020, in his home.

Born July 9, 1950, in Allentown, he was the son of the late Herman A. and Madlin G. (Peter) Rauch.

He was a manager of quality control at Binney and Smith (Crayola Crayons), Easton, for 23 years before retiring in 2002.

His survivors include children Stuart N. Rauch of Snoqualmie, Wash., Adrienne J. Rauch of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; siblings Jerry P. Rauch and his wife, Nadine, of Schnecksville, Herman C. Rauch and his wife, Gail, of Walnutport, and Sybil R. Mohr of New Tripoli.

Randall L. Huff

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

avid woodworker

Randall L. Huff, 60, of Fogelsville, died suddenly May 2, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born Oct. 12, 1959, in Westfield, Mass., he was the son of Robert Huff of Allentown and the late Nancy (Hayes) Huff.

He and his wife, Judy M. (Meagher) Huff, were married 18 years.

A CNC machinist for Lehigh Valley Plastics for the past 10 years, he also worked part time for MTS Ventures for many years.

He was a true craftsman who took pride in everything he did.

An avid woodworker, he built log homes, post and beam homes, and timber frame homes.

Daniel S. Ibach

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Jordan UCC

Daniel S. Ibach, 78, died on May 4, 2020, in Gracedale Nursing Home.

He was the husband of the late Meta C. (Ebert) Ibach.

Born in East Texas, he was a son of the late John D. and Beulah M. (Hinkel) Ibach.

Before retiring in 2006, he was a mechanic at Forklift Associates and previously at Faust Sales and Service.

He was a member of Jordan United Church of Christ, South Whitehall.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was an avid hunter and shooter and competed in many trap and skeet competitions throughout the Lehigh Valley.

David Edward Fix

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of St. Francis of Assisi

David Edward Fix, 44, of Allentown, died May 7, 2020, in his home.

Born on Aug. 23, 1975, in Parkersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Robert J. and Mary J. (Achenbach) Fix, with whom he resided.

He was a client at Access of the Lehigh Valley. He loved to travel and was an Eagle Scout for 34 years.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Allentown.

Reuben E. Smoyer

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from Mack Trucks

Reuben E. Smoyer, 87, of New Tripoli, died May 8, 2020, in his home.

He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Sell) Smoyer.

Born Oct. 24, 1932, in North Whitehall Township, he was the son of the late Earl D. and Lillian M. (Muth) Smoyer.

A production line truck driver at Mack Trucks Inc., Allentown, for 32 years, he retired in 1987.

He was a member of the Lutheran congregation of Heidelberg Union Church, Heidelberg Township, and the Ontelaunee Antique Car Club.

Anna C. Masetti

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

first-generation American

Anna C. Masetti, 91, of 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall, formerly of Somers, Westchester County, N.Y., died May 4, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

She was the wife of the late William R. “Bill” Masetti to whom she was married 67 years.

Born Oct. 5, 1928, in New York City, N.Y., she was the daughter of Paolo and Gemma (Bianchetto) Centioni.

A first-generation American, she spoke fluent Italian, and spent a portion of her childhood in Italy.

Lester F. Koch

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

truck driver for Penske

Lester F. Koch, 78, of Catasauqua, died May 3, 2020, at home.

He and his wife, Debra A. (Matthias) Koch, celebrated 15 years of marriage in April.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Carl and Claire (Mills) Koch.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

A 1959 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he was later a truck driver for Penske Trucking, Allentown, until retirement.

Gary W. Minnich

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

retired from Sam Adams Brewery

Gary W. Minnich, 73, of New Tripoli, died May 7, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He was the widower of Sherry K. (Lutz) Minnich.

Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Fred and Jean (Fetherolf).

A maintenance mechanic and welder for what was the former Schaefer, then Strohs, and then Pabst Brewery, Fogelsville, for 31 years, he was a member of Teamsters Local 12 during that time.

He also worked at the current Sam Adams Brewery for five years before retiring.