MIFFLINTOWN - Lester E. Pellman, 74, of Mifflintown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at his residence, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Born on Dec. 12, 1938, in Richfield, he was a son of the late Wilbur S. and Dorothy (Davis) Pellman.
On May 29, 1954, in Bunkertown, he was married to Phyllis M. (Shellenberger) Pellman, who survives at home.
Mr. Pellman started his working career under his father at W.S. Pellman Hatchery, in Richfield. He was then employed by C.D. Zimmerman Trucking, in Mifflintown, where he was involved in over the road transportation. Next, he was employed as a crane operator and retired as a work leader for Standard Steel, in Burnham. After his retirement from Standard Steel, Lester was a loyal driver at Regester Chevrolet, in Thompsontown, where he retired a second time.
Lester was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 925. He was also a member and attended St. John's United Methodist Church, in Cocalamus.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and Penn State football, but most of all, he cherished and loved the time spent with family and friends - To him, it just didn't get any better than that.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: one daughter, Deborah K. Neikirk, of Lititz; three sons, Gregory E. Pellman and his wife, Twyla, of McClure, Robert C. Pellman and his wife, Jill, of Oakland Mills, and Anthony L. "Tony" Pellman and his wife, Teresa, of McClure; one brother, Raymond Pellman and his wife, Clarice, of McAlisterville; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey D. Neikirk and his wife, Sue, Jennifer E. Neikirk, Trevor E. Pellman, Ryan C. Pellman, Tiffany D. Pellman, Zachary D. Pellman, Garett W. Pellman, Seth W. Pellman, Jaylinn M. Pellman and Bryce G. Pellman; and six great- grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Pellman Kratzer.
Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 144 Red Bank Road, McAlisterville, with Pastor Candace Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in Richfield Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Lester's memory may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, c/o Vera Sierer, Treasurer, 144 Red Bank Road, McAlisterville, PA 17049.
Funeral arrangements are being handled with the deepest love and respect by Mr. Pellman's grandson, Ryan C. Pellman, at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 226 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall.
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