Ned Martin Witmer, 89, of Hummelstown, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in the M. S. Hershey Medical Center.
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Born in Hanover on November 17, 1929, he was the son of the late J. Russell and Mary Martin Witmer.
Ned retired after 18 years of service as the Operations Manager for the Pennsylvania Uniformed Crime Reporting Program for the Pennsylvania State Police; 18 years prior to that he had started as a chemist and was promoted to the Assistant Director of Manufacturing for the former Double Day Publishing Company, Hanover and Middletown, PA. Upon his retirement, Ned worked for 11 years as the gardener and handyman for the late Mrs. Rhea Reese of the H.B. Reese Candy Company. He was a 1947 graduate of the former Eichelberger High School, Hanover, and a 1951 graduate of Shippensburg State Teachers’ College. Ned was an U.S. Army veteran having served as a chemist during the Korean War. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hummelstown, where he served on Church Council, taught Sunday School, and was a Webelo Scout Master. Ned was also a member of the former Hummelstown Lions Club. An avid reader and gardener, Ned enjoyed playing Bridge and golf, doing Sudoku and puzzles, as well as, bowling at the Palmyra Bowling Center and the former Hummelstown Community Lanes.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eleanor LeGore Witmer, whom he married on May 5, 1957; two sons, Daniel E. Witmer of Horsham, PA, and Kevin L. Witmer of Mundelein, IL; one daughter, Colleen G. Hagenbuch wife of Mark A. of Springfield, PA; six grandchildren, Brandon Lee Witmer of Tallahassee, FL, Tasha Nicole Bustamente wife of Callan of Lubbock, TX, Kourtney Amber Witmer of Farnhamville, IA, and Sydney Ann Hagenbuch, Morgan Hope Hagenbuch and Keri Emma Hagenbuch all of Springfield, PA; and one sister, Betty Jane Snyder of Rockville, MD.
A time to visit with Ned’s family will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10 to 11 AM in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with a memorial service following at 11 AM. A private inurnment will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hanover.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.
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