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Lavern "Jake" Walmer, age 53, resident of 22403 State Highway 6 and 19, Cambridge Springs, Pa., passed away at his home on Monday, March 10, 2014, from the results of a brain tumor diagnosed in 2009. Born on April 4, 1960, in Erie, Pa., Jake was a son of Loretta Brace Walmer and the late Charles Walmer. He married the former Penny Stafford on October 12, 1985, and she remains to mourn his loss.
Jake graduated from General McLane High School and Erie County Vo-Tech in 1978. He started working at Walmer Trucking in his early teens, and began driving dump trucks at the age of 16. He went on to work for Frank Tucci Trucking and for Rohrer Trucking, as well as other companies, before owning Lavern Walmer Trucking for the past 17 years.
Jake enjoyed watching his daughter's softball games, playing golf with his friends and bowling. As a bowler, Jake threw a perfect 300 game and a high series of 771.
Jake is survived, in addition to his wife - Penny Stafford Walmer of Cambridge Springs and his mother - Loretta Brace Walmer of Cambridge Springs, by two daughters - Niki (Brett) Stoll of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Jamie Walmer, living at home; a son - Matt Walmer of Akron, Ohio; a brother - Rick Walmer of Cambridge Springs; two sisters - Shirley Wozniak (Felix) of Edinboro and Tracy Walmer (Joe Van Hoyweghen) of Waterford; and his father-in-law - Neal Stafford of Cambridge Springs.
Jake was preceded in death by his father - Charles Walmer and his mother-in-law: Darlene Stafford.
Friends mat call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, in Cambridge Springs, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9, and are invited to attend funeral services there on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Reverend James Calender, pastor of the First Church of God, in Cambridge Springs, will officiate. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Cambridge Area Athletic Association, 21715 Zimmerman Road, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403. To send condolences, please visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com
Van Matre Funeral Home - Cambridge Springs
335 Venango Ave
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 11, 2014