Rev. J. (Jacob) Kenneth Barner
MT. HOLLY SPRINGS The Rev. J. (Jacob) Kenneth Barner, 84, formerly of Mt. Holly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 1:28 p.m., after a very lengthy illness. He was the widower of J. Geraldine Barner, who went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2003. They were married on June 24, 1944. The Rev. Barner was born on July 15, 1922, in Liverpool, to the late W. Bruce and Florence E. Grubb Barner. He graduated from Liverpool High School in 1940, and then went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He entered the U.S. Army during WWII and served from November 19, 1942, until October 29, 1945. He served in the Battle of the Bulge with the 99th infantry division. He reached the rank of Staff Sargeant and was awarded numerous medals, including the Good Conduct Medal, the EAME Service Ribbon, and 3 Bronze Stars. He was a squad leader and personally captured an enemy officer and obtained vital information during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he returned to work on the Railroad, but remembered his promise to the Lord he made during the war to serve Him. He enrolled in the Missionary Training Institute in Nyack, N.Y. and was there from 1948 - 1951. He then transferred to Geneva College for one year, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Education. He then entered the Evangelical School of Theology in Reading, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Divinity. He the went to the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where in 1955, he received his Masters of Divinity, and was ordained that same year. He served charges at Daniels and Rockland, Md., where he was instrumental in the building of a new church building, education department and parsonage. He then served in Mt. Holly Springs, Altoona, and Dover. While in Dover they also built a new sanctuary. After his retirement from full-time ministry, he Pastored the Mt. Zion and Mt. Airy charge, near Dillsburg, was Visitation Pastor in Mt. Holly Springs and also Pastored the Church in Toland. He started numerous programs including the "We Care" Program in Altoona, the Dover Food Bank and the Family Clothes Tree, and also served as 1st President of both. He started the Dolphin Program in Mt. Holly Springs, and many other programs. He is survived by four children, Karen L. Loving and her husband, Donald of Speedwell, Tenn., Donna B. Hoffman and her husband, Creedon of Boiling Springs, Bruce L. Barner and his wife, Lois of Mt. Holly Springs, and Christine E. Barner of Dover; five grandchildren, Jennifer A. Hoffman and her husband, Paul Odom of Harrisburg, Jeremy B. Barner and his wife, Kristine of Mt. Holly Springs, Denton L. Loving of Speedwell, Tenn., Erin L. Barner of Mt. Holly Springs, and Jillian A. Hoffman of Boiling Springs; two great-grandsons, whom he adored, Jaden Barner of Mt Holly Springs, and Jackson Odom of Harrisburg; one brother, B. Donald and his wife, Marjorie of Harrisburg; two sisters, Betty Basom of Selinsgrove, and Joyce Stahl and her husband, George of Sunbury; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his oldest sister, Dorothy Bair and her husband, Oscar; his brother-in-law, Burnell Basom; and his infant sister, Nancy Barner. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him, but he is at peace now in Heaven. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Mt. Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 202 W. Butler St., Mt. Holly Springs, with the Rev. Lisa Klinger and the Rev. David Arnold officiating. Viewings will be held at the church on Tuesday from 6 to 9 and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery with honors by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a Christian charity of your choice. Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, is in charge.