Alden K. Lanphear

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ALDEN K. LANPHEAR, 74, OF POTTSTOWN Alden K. Lanphear, 74, of Pottstown, died on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Pottstown, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Julie P. (Beck) Lanphear for the past 51 years. Born in Schnectady, NY, he was a son of the late Harold and Gertrude (Pendleton) Lanphear. Alden was a graduate of the Nott Terrace High School in 1955, the Junior College of Albany in 1961 and in 1963, he received a BA in Psychology from the Ohio State University. He served with the 82nd Airborne of the U.S. Army for two years. In earlier years, Alden was a youth director for the Y.M.C.A. in Berwyn, PA, and then in Dayton, OH. His passion was helping others. He enjoyed camping and canoeing with his youth groups and family. From 1970 to 1999, Alden was the Executive Director of Woodrock, Inc. of the Kenington Section of Philadelphia. The mission was to bring about understanding between racial, cultural and ethnic groups. He received numerous citations of accomplishment, including the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania for his over 30 years of tireless efforts to help the youth of Philadelphia. From 2003-05, he worked as a consultant to the Ricketts Community Center in Pottstown and from 2006-08, he served as interim Executive Director of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, which he was still active with as a board member. Surviving in addition to his wife are, two sons, Michael A. Lanphear and his wife, Meg of Pottstown, and Todd E. Lanphear and his wife, Beth of Exeter Twp.; five daughters, Alexandra Rutkiewicz of Bonita Springs, FL; Debra, wife of Stanley Rutkowski of Royersford; Kelly Grooms of Pottstown; Jody Lanphear of Elwyn, PA, and Carmen Ocasio of Philadelphia; one brother, Harold Lanphear of West Chester; two nieces, Terri Tuly and Laurie Alyward; 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 3-3:50 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Christ Episcopal Church, 316 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, with funeral services beginning at 4 p.m. The Rev. Terrence I. Highland, Rector will officiate. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 252, Pottstown, PA 19464; The Ministries at Main Street, mail check to: Still Water Church, 256 S. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19465; Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, 57 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com

Published in The Mercury on Oct. 29, 2011
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