Category Archives: Obituaries

Honoring our fallen members

Loss of a Good Friend

We were saddened by the all-too-rapid loss of our dear friend, “John-John” Lentz. John-John was a regular feature at 7294, known and loved by all. He was a good man and will be sorely missed.

"John-John" LentzJohn Vernon Lentz, 79, of Millersville, died Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, after an illness. He was the husband of the late Naomi E. “Itzi” (Flora) Lentz, who died on August 23, 2013. They were married nearly forty years at the time of her death.
John was a self-employed Painting/Wallpapering contractor for many years.

Born April15, 1940, in Lancaster, raised in Ronks, he was the son of the late George and Mildred (Axe) Lentz and was of the Christian faith. John was a proud Vietnam Veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1962-1964. A long-time active life member of Millersville/ Manor VFW-Post #7294, where John had served as an officer, tended bar and volunteered at the Annual Chicken-BBQ and Post Picnic. He also was a member of the Riverside Camping Association and the Rainmakers.

He will be lovingly missed by his two daughters; Johnna C. Burt, of Lancaster, and Gretchen M., married to Bill Stark, of Lancaster; four grandchildren; Johnelle, Grant, Gracyn and Gavin as well as four great-grandchildren. He was also preceded death by three brothers.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend John’s Celebration of Life Funeral Service from the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home-Sullivan Home, 121 South Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 (on-site parking with attendants) on Saturday morning, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. (Visitation 10:00-11:00 a.m.) Interment will be held with Military Honors in the Riverview Burial Park, South Duke Street, Lancaster, PA. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made to Masonic Village Hospice.

Loss of One of Our Elders

I’m sorry to report the passing of one of our most senior members, our own Blackhawk, Ray “Pap” Freeman. Pap still visited the Post on a regular basis even at 99, and we looked forward to wishing him a happy 100th in a couple more months. He was a great man and will be missed dearly.

His official obituary:

Pap Freeman

Raymond H. “Pap” “Uncle Ray” Freeman, Sr., 99 and 10 months, formerly of Strasburg and Peach Bottom, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital on Friday, September 6, 2019 while under Eagle Heights hospice care.

Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the husband of the late Genevieve P. Freeman Corriere, his wife for 5 years, Betty A. Freeman, his wife for 24 years, and his loving companion of 33 years Doris Wiley. He was the son of the late Charles M. and Mabel I. Denlinger Freeman.

Ray retired as an insurance agent for 20 years with American General Life Insurance Company. He also worked with the former Trojan Yacht Company, the former Hubley’s Toy Company, and spent time working on the family farm. He was a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Millersville VFW Post 7294 and recently joined the American Legion, Lititz Post 56. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Elk Grove where he lived for many years after retirement.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army during World War II with the 342 Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry “Blackhawk” Division which was one of the few units to earn campaign ribbons in both the European and Pacific Theatres. He served with the “3 C’s” (Civilian Conservation Corps), prior to his military service. While serving in the Philippines, he had the honor of meeting and shaking hands with General Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower.

He is survived by four children, Barry L., husband of “Jan” Jeanette Freeman, Denison, TX, Denise R. Freeman, Lititz, PA, Raymond H. Freeman, Jr., Ronks, PA, and Diane R., wife of Rodney J. Young, Strasburg, PA; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Raymond’s Graveside Service at Conestoga Memorial Park with Military Honors provided by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Dale Parmer officiating. Ray’s life will be honored at the AMVETS Post 19, 715 Fairview Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 following the interment service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lebanon Veterans Hospital, Attn: Eagle Heights Hospice, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042 or the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 in Ray’s memory.

Ray and his family would like to thank and recognize the Wiley and Stoltzfus families for their loving kindness and support, as well as the staff at Musser’s Market at the Buck.

Please visit Ray’s Memorial Page at

Loss of a Dear Friend

We are sorry to report on the passing of our dear friend and Auxiliary legend, Betty Jane Eshbach. She was a dedicated Auxiliary member and worked tirelessly at the Post. She will be sorely missed.

Betty Jane Eshbach, 96, of Millersville, passed away at her home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, surrounded by her family. Born in Conestoga, she was a daughter of the late Milton and Lillie (Bickel) Bonham. Betty was the beloved wife of the late Lewis H. Eshbach, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage at the time of his passing in July, 2006.

Betty was a 1940 graduate of Penn Manor High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for the former Millersville Supply Company. She later enjoyed her position as a Crossing Guard for the Penn Manor School District. Betty was a member of the Millersville VFW Post 7294 where she was active with the Ladies Auxiliary for more than 60 years.

A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Betty is survived by her son Christian B. Eshbach and his wife Cindy of Holtwood; four grandchildren, Christine Comp and her husband Danny of Millersville, Carolyn Oswald and her husband Travis of Mount Joy, Curt Eshbach of Millersville, and Cale Eshbach of Holtwood; and two great-grandchildren, Kylee and Daniel Comp. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was predeceased by her son, Lewis John Eshbach, and two sisters, Emma Frey and Edna Deaner.

Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service which will begin at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 441 North George Street, Millersville, PA 17551, where a viewing will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Condolences may be left at the Snyder Funeral Home webpage.

Loss of a Founding Member

We’re sorry to report that one of our last remaining charter members has passed. “Jiggs” Warner was one of the original signers of our original charter from 1946.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Jiggs Warner

Frank “Jiggs” H. Warner, 95, of Millersville, died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at LGH, after a brief illness. His wife, the late Mildred “Millie” (Witmer) Warner, died in 2014.

Jiggs retired in 1985 from Millersville University, where he was a plumber.

Born October 5, 1922, in Washington Boro, and a life-long Millersville resident, he was the son of the late B. Frank and Marian A. (Herr) Warner. He was a member of the former Grace E. C. Church, Millersville. A proud WWII Veteran, Jiggs had served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. Jiggs was one of the last Charter Members and a Life Member of the Millersville/Manor VFW-Post #7294 and the former Millersville Jaycees.

Jiggs enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his harvest with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin he built in Eagles Mere, known as Fern Top.

He will be lovingly missed by his two sons; Barry L. Warner, of New Holland, and Douglas F. Warner, of Lancaster; a granddaughter; Tracy, wife of Kurt Bemesderfer, of Mountville and two great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn and Kurt, Jr. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Richard H. Warner (1986) and Robert H. Warner (2014).

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, 320 Blue Rock Road, Route 999, Millersville, PA 17551 on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. (Viewing 1:30-2:30 p.m.) Interment will be held in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville, PA. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made in memory of Jiggs to the Millersville/ Manor VFW-Post #7294, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville, PA 17551.

Loss of a Good Friend

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Al Lichty, a former officer of our Post and good friend to many of us. It’s hard to think of him without calling to mind that silly voicemail message – Big Al, the Kiddie’s Pal – or all the work he put into the Post and his long history here. Recently he had been absent for several meetings, but every time I called him he insisted that he would be at the next meeting for sure.

Al was a good man who worked hard at everything he did and his passing is a loss to all of us.

Al Lichty
Al Lichty

The last child of 7 born to Albert A. & Mary S. Sterbach Lichty. Albert, 89, of Lancaster, passed away on June 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of 48 years to the late Elizabeth M. Lichty, & companion to Yvonne Strantz for the past 16 years.

Born June 10, 1927, he was raised in Cabbage Hill area. Attended St. Joseph’s Church & school. Also attended Lancaster Catholic & McCaskey. Proudly served in the US Navy the later part of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He served aboard the USS Achelous in WWII and USS Senaca in the Korean Conflict.

Before leaving for the service, he worked at Armstrong. Returning from the service, he worked at Bell Telephone for 44 ½ years first as a lineman and then later as a switching technician. After retiring from Bell Telephone, he worked at the Courthouse for 6 years as a Clerk of the Criminal Court. Then went to work for the Millersville VFW Post 7294 for 14 years as Treasurer of the corporation. He also worked the voting polls in his local district.

He was active with the Telephone Pioneers for 24 years. He was local president for 2 years and the clown coordinator. He was part of the installation of the fitness course at the Lancaster County Park. He was award chairman for the Special Olympics sponsored by the Telephone Pioneers at Fort Indiantown Gap.

He was involved with Boy Scouts at St. Mary’s Church in the late 1950’s and late 60 early 70 with Cub Scouts at Hans Herr and the Boy Scouts at Lampeter Fire Company. He was a member of the Throwing Bull Tribe and Order of the Arrow.

Albert loved the beach, gardening, fishing & camping. He could fix anything & was always on the Go!

Surviving are 4 children: Albert Lichty, Jr. husband of Jerry, Mary Ellen Hewes, wife of Gary, Gerry Lynn Potts and Robert A. Lichty, husband of Christine; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-granddaughters & 4 great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Janet Sherts, Mary Jane Shifflet & Helen Warner; brothers: Irvin, Bernard & Robert Lichty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603. A viewing will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Albert will be laid to rest at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lancaster County SPCA, 848 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.