Grayson M. Arendt
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YORK Grayson M. "Whitey" Arendt, 84, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Pleasant Acres Nursing Home. He was the husband of Patsy L. (Walker) Arendt with whom he would have celebrated 64 years of marriage on October 22, 2013. A celebration of life tribute service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York with Rev. Thomas R. Osenbach officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Chapel. Private burial will be in Mt. Rose Cemetery. Born July 14, 1929, in York a son of the late Paul M. and Amanda L. (Wisner) Arendt, he was a graduate of William Penn Senior High School. Mr. Arendt retired in 1991 from Caterpillar Inc., and also worked as a Sales Manager for Peoples Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Grayson had been active with Boy Scouts of America at Grace Lutheran Church where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was a Jr. Asst. Scout Master. He also served as a 2nd Mate Sea Scout and earned the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Mr. Arendt enjoyed singing with a Barbershop Quartet and was an American Red Cross First Aid Instructor. Grayson cherished spending time with his family, raising his German Shepherds, taking many trips to the mountains and beach, and listening to country music. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves. In addition to his wife, Mr. Arendt is survived by two daughters, Carolyn A. Bahn and companion, Philip Erb of East Berlin and Judy K. and husband Cletis Bentz of York; four grandchildren, Tracy and husband Brian Elphick, Teresa and husband John Barshinger, Trina and husband Scott Urey, and Troy Bahn and fiancee Rachel Jones; 10 great-grandchildren, Amanda and Rachel Elphick, Jennifer and Laura Barshinger, Scottie, Clayton, and Byron Urey, expecting Baby Ashton Urey due in October, Tori Jones, and Savannah Bahn; a brother, Milson and wife Jan Arendt of York; a sister, Beverly Mellish of East Berlin; his German Shepherd, Heidie Bear; and numerous extended family. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 924-N Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403 or Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, c/o Auxiliary, 118 Pleasant Acres Rd., York, PA 17402. Send condolences at

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July 31, 2013
So sorry to hear about your loss! He was a wonderful man. Always with a smile on his face. He will be missed dearly.
Lisa Hose-Leaman
July 30, 2013
All of the great-grandchildren + Nicholas Patrick
July 30, 2013
The Barshingers with Pap & Nan
July 30, 2013
Heidi Bear
July 30, 2013
The Dettingers with Aunt Pat & Uncle Boze
July 30, 2013
Pap with Baby Savannah Grace Bahn
July 30, 2013
Carolyn, Grayson & Patsy - 7/21/13
July 30, 2013
Still lovebirds after almost 64 years - 7/21/13
July 30, 2013
Tracy & Pap - 6/08
July 30, 2013
Most of the gang - 7/21/13
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July 30, 2013
The memories I have of my great grandparents will be with me forever. Nan & pap were almost closer to me than my actual grandparents.Pap had a strong love for life, and had a kind heart. I will miss visiting him. My heart goes out to Nan and the rest of the family over the loss of the great man we knew for so many years.
Jennifer Barshinger
July 30, 2013
God has taken home a true soldier. May the love of God wrap his arms around those left behind and bring an abundance of peace as well as joyful memories that will never be forgotten. I truly enjoyed the time I was able to spend with Grayson & Patsy as a substitute caregiver in their time of need. May he rest in peace!
July 29, 2013
To the family...We are so sorry to hear about your loss!! I to believe God works and mysterious ways and in this past week everything was playing into place. I am happy that they were able to be together. Grayson doted over Patsy so much, she was his world. He will be at peace knowing she is taken care of. It was great meeting you. I have heard many stories from Grayson and will miss his phone calls and visits.
Cindy Schmincke(Hayshire Family Medicine)
July 29, 2013
Dear Pat,Carolyn,Judy,Tracey and Family....Our love and sympathy to you all in the loss of your dear Grayson...What a gentlman he was and how much he cherished you all.. He was a great friend and neighbor to Peg and Ron all their life on Clearbrook Blvd... Our prayers are with you all...Pat(Tish) and John Mann,Carnegie PA
July 29, 2013
The song that been in my head since you became ill is "itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow poka dot bikini" That was the song you sang to me all the time. I know you sang quite a few to Teri too. Your singing and your whistling are what I remember most about you, along with your joking! I also remember how you loved mashed potatoes and can still see your plate w that huge mountain of potatoes and always wondering if there would be any left for the rest of us! I believe my little boy Byron has your amazing blue eyes and my first born, Clayton, has your middle name "McKinley". So both my kids have a little part of you with them. Can't wait to see what Ashton will have that will remind me of you. I will miss you so much, but am so glad you are not in pain anymore! I promise to visit Nan. She's the last great grandparent and she needs to be able to spoil my boys and future daughter! Love your youngest grand daughter, Trin!
Trina Urey
July 29, 2013
Brian, Tracy, Amanda & Rachel Elphick with Nan & Pap - Oct 2011
To my Nan....I pray for your peace and comfort as you have lost your lifetime sweetheart. The two of you were such a huge part of my world growing up and I can never thank you enough for everything, but especially the love you continually showed to our family and to others. I learned from both of you to share...give whatever you can to help others. We all will miss Pap so much....but I was so proud of you on Saturday and so thankful to God for the way he prepared you over the previous week. You are the head of this family now...and we need for you to remain strong. We have so many memories and pray your great grandchildren and even possibly in years to come, you will enjoy having a great-great grandchild to enjoy & continue making special memories. I love you from the depth of my soul as I did Pap. I will miss him SO much but am very thankful to still have my one remaining Nan to look up to. I love you, beautiful!
Tracy Elphick
July 29, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Larry Rockey
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