DALLASTOWN Ernest Ray Smeltzer, 89, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Rest Haven in York. He was the husband of Sara E. (Mann) Smeltzer. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on August 24, 2012. Mr. Smeltzer was born in Craley on October 26, 1923, the son of the late Frank and Erma R. (Stein) Smeltzer. He retired as a supervisor for Fincor in York. Mr. Smeltzer was a member of Red Lion VFW, Dallastown American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AARP; and a life member of the Purple Heart Association. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater of Operations. He received a Bronze Star, French Legion of Honor Metal, a Purple Heart with 2 Oak leaf Clusters and numerous other service metals for his dedication and bravery. Mr. Smeltzer leaves a son, Todd M. Smeltzer of York; two daughters, Donna R. Null of Spring Grove and Vicki L. Shelley of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kacey, Karleah, Elijah, Bryanee, Jennifer, and Adam; five great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews. Mr. Smeltzer was preceded in death by a son, Ernest Smeltzer, Jr. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 35 Gotham Place in Red Lion is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belford Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Send condolences at BestLifeTributes.com
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Apr. 30, 2013
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