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Ellis L. Diviney

1929 - 2018
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Ellis L. Diviney

New Oxford - Ellis Lester "Jake" Diviney, 89, of New Oxford, PA, entered into God's eternal care Friday, November 23, 2018, at The Gardens Nursing Home in Gettysburg. He was the widower of Ann Marie (Spangler) Diviney, to whom he was

married 64 years.

Born Jan. 9, 1929, in Hanover, PA, he was a son of the late Thurman Hawthorne and Myrtle Marie (Bortner) Diviney.

He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover. Jake was a well-known educator and basketball coach in the south-central Pennsylvania area. He was a standout athlete (football, basketball and track) at Eichelberger High School, where he was graduated in 1946. He was a 1951 graduate of

East Stroudsburg State College and earned his master's degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1980.

Early in his career, he coached the East Berlin High School Eagles to a PIAA District 3 championship. He went on to coach for 30 years at New Oxford High School, one winning season after another, capturing league titles and taking the Colonials to Hershey for district playoffs year after year. He also, at various times, coached track and field, soccer, baseball, volleyball, wrestling and girls' basketball. He taught physical education and health.

Known to the media as "the Gentleman Coach," Jake had a quiet approach to the game, one that earned him the respect of players, fans, coaches and officials alike. In Jake's gym, players from all over two counties — from Delone, Berrmudian, Hanover, Gettysburg, Biglerville, South Western, Spring Grove, Littlestown and beyond — gathered every Saturday morning for open gym. He was also known for his stall offense, the so-called "Popcorn," which won many a close game.

He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Basketball Coaches Association. He coached basketball in the Pennsylvania Keystone Games. He was inducted into the Adams County Sports Hall of Fame and into the South Central Chapter of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Jake was the founder and former owner of Diviney Pools in New Oxford and also co-owned two other businesses, Paradise Pool in the Pigeon Hills and Big Oak Sports Camp near Abbottstown.

After retiring, he served as assistant basketball coach at Gettysburg College for a number of years, walked across America with his daughter and built a house by hand. He played basketball well into his 80s, earning medals in basketball and javelin throw at the "Senior Olympics."

Jake served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion in Hanover. He received a presidential citation for helping to make the bomb bay net for the atomic bomb while working at Hanover Wire Cloth during high school.

Surviving are three sons, Mitch O. Diviney and his wife Wendy of New Oxford; Dan E. Diviney and his wife Janice of New Oxford; Duane S. Diviney and his husband Jerald Shing of Ithaca, N.Y.; and a daughter, Ann E. Diviney of New Oxford; eight grandchildren, Mara Hooper of New Oxford; Shad Diviney of New Oxford; Erin Groft of York Springs; Megan Yingling of New Oxford; Heather Genievich of Langhorne, PA; Molly Orendorff of Bayfield, CO; Kai Shing of Ithaca, N.Y., and Mika Shing of Ithaca, N.Y.; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Blickenstaff of Cottage Grove, OR. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Diviney, and a sister Lorna Biddle.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, with the Rev. Kathryn A. Schroeder officiating. Friends may call at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday or from noon until the time of service Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, adjacent to the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Conewago Valley School District Athletics, The American Legion (Post 14 in Hanover) or St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Hanover.

Serving as pallbearers will be William "Tre" Hooper III, Michale Yingling, Patrick Groft, Craig Genievich, Jeff Null and Shad Diviney.
Published in Evening Sun on Nov. 27, 2018
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