Ronald L. Wentz, 72, of Mechanicsburg died Friday, June 29, 2012. A faithful husband, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, and loyal friend left this world peacefully, surrounded by his famiyl at home, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born at â€śthe old homesteadâ€ť in Hampden Twp., to the late Robert H. and Hilda O. Sweeney Wentz. The youngest of nine boys, Ron grew up surrounded by love and taught his children that family is the most precious gift.
After graduation from Cumberland Valley High School, he served in the United Stated Navy and was stationed in Japan. He was a member of the St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Kingstown ushering during many Sunday services. Ron was a huge NASCAR fan, played softball most of his life and umpired girlâ€™s softball for many years. After 34 years of service, he retired from Fry Publications. During his lifetime, he was an avid supporter of the CV Football Alumni and was an inaugural inductee into the Cumberland Valley Football Hall of Fame.
Ron is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Freda Lebo Wentz and his four daughters, Lorraine Bock and husband Earl of Carlisle, Julie Bordas and husband Levente of Enola, Jo Ann Little and her husband Lawrence and Christine Pulgar and her husband Carlos, both of Mechanicsburg. He shared his love with nine grandchildren: Samantha, Jessana, Stephanie, Benjamin, Victoria, Charlotte and her husband James, Andrea, Carlos and Christian, and played tirelessly with his two great grand children, Emily and Easton. Ron leaves behind two brothers, Robert of Mechanicsburg and Daniel of Enola and four sister-in laws. He was predeceased by six brothers; Carl, Frank, William, James, Dave and Patrick and a grand daughter Olivia Bock.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, July 22 at the St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 W. Main St., New Kingstown, PA at 4:00 PM with the Rev. Fred Schilling officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the services. A time of fellowship, sharing remembrances and a picnic will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, Ron has requested that memorial contributions be sent to his church or the Sloane Kettering Memorial Hospital for Kidney Cancer Research. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065.