Robert H. Whitmer Jr.

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Whitmer, Jr. YORK Robert H. Whitmer, Jr., 82, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 4:35 p.m. at the York Hospital. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Brewer) Whitmer, with whom he celebrated 36 years of marriage. He adored his wife Beverly. Viewings will be Tuesday 2 to 4 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a masonic service conducted by Zeredatha Lodge #451, F.&A.M. starting at 8:15 p.m. at Workinger-Semmel Funeral Home and Crematorium, Inc., 849 E. Market St., York as well as Wednesday from 11:30 to 12 noon at The Episcopal Church of St. John The Baptist, 140 N, Beaver St., York with the Funeral service beginning at 12 Noon. His rector, Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace will be the officiant. Cremation will follow the service with burial to be at the convenience of the family. Mr. Whitmer was born July 2, 1930 in Canton, OH and was a son of the late Robert and Leetha (Petit) Whitmer. He moved to York in 1939 married to Bev and had ten children between them. He graduated from North York High School, Class of 1948 and was a Korean War veteran serving as a U.S. Navy Seebee stationed in Guam and Alaska. In the 1950's he was a member of the Nut League Basketball Team where he scored 48 points in a single game. He went to work for Kershner Welding Supply in 1954 and purchased the same in 1974 renaming it York Welding Supply. This year would have celebrated 54 years in the welding industry. Bob was a member and bartender at the former Dutch Club. He enjoyed antique cars, going to Ocean City, Md., and his family and he loved attending grandchildren's sporting events, being one of their biggest fans, He was inspirational in his grandson Drew joining the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed his Gallo White Zinfandel, manhattans and his stupid (Steuben) glass. He was also an avid fan of John Wayne movies and the Oakland Raiders. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of St. John The Baptist and the Country Club of York. He enjoyed NYC trips and Broadway shows and thoroughly loved celebrating the Christmas Holidays and New Years Eve. Bob's masonic affiliations include: member and past master of Zeredatha Lodge #451 F.& A.M. with his masonic birthday 4/18/73; member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon, York Forest #30 of which he also served as past grand tall cedar and he also served as the past district deputy grand tall cedar; member of Zembo Temple, Harrisburg Consistory, York County Shrine Club, White Rose Scottish Rite Club, Commandery #75, Council #2 and Chapter. Bob was a Demolay advisor for Continental Chapter Order of Demolay. He was the founder of York Forest Tall Cedars of Lebanon's annual spaghetti dinner to help local MDA families and he was the the dedicated chair for many years of York Forest's annual pancake jamboree benefitting local MDA families and the Margaret E. Moul Home of which he was a former board member. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children; Robert H. Whitmer III, Pam Wells and husband Richard, Dawn Holder, Dean Whitmer and wife Sally, Keith Whitmer and wife Pam, Shelby Grim, Cheryl Osborne and companion Ronnie Houser, Philip Osborne and wife Lisa, Susan Jernigan and husband Randy and Kimberly Kerlin and husband Bill; 16 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded on death by a sister, Jacqueline Barton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2080 Linglestown Rd., Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to the Margaret E. Moul Home, 2050 Barley Rd., York, PA 17408. www.workinger-semmel.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2013
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