Eugene F. Rabenstine
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Rabenstine YORK Eugene F. Rabenstine, who was also known as "Bud" and "Shorty", died at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at Rest Haven - York. He was the husband of the late Alverta N. "Molly" (Markey) Rabenstine.Born February 10, 1919, in York, a son of the late Pansy F. and L. Mae (Hershner) Rabenstine, he was a 1936 graduate of William Penn High School. He served in the U.S. Army 51st Medical Battalion during WWII in England, Africa, Sicily, and Italy, and was a recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Silver Star and one Bronze Star. He was retired as Chairman of the Board of Kunkle Insurance, Inc. A member of Zion United Church of Christ, and its All-Two's Sunday School Class, he served as a Sunday School teacher for 35 years, and as a member and past president of the Church Council. He was also a member of York Lodge #213, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Slumbering Ground Hog Lodge, and the Elks National Foundation. He was named Elk of the Year in the York Lodge 1987-1988. A founding member of Grantley Ambulance Club, he was also a life member of Grantley Fire Company and Rex Hook & Ladder Company. He had been a member of Amvets, York Post #2; West York VFW Post #8951; American Legion Post #127; The Lafayette Club; The Out Door Country Club; The Dutch Club; and Green Springs Inn & Club. He had also served on the Executive Board of the March of Dimes and on the Board of Directors of the York Area Chamber of Commerce. His Masonic affiliations included White Rose Lodge #706, Free and Accepted Masons; Zembo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Harrisburg; Tall Cedars of Lebanon, York Lodge #30; and the National League of Masonic Clubs. Active in Scouting for 70 years, he joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1932. He was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #18 for 27 years; a Vigil member of Tuckahoe Lodge #386, Order of the Arrow; a Lodge Advisor for 10 years; a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, and the Wood Badge Beads; a Contingent Leader of the National Jamboree in Colorado Springs; a Contingent Leader to Philmont Scout Ranch in Raton, N.M.; a member of the National United Church of Christ Association of Scouters; and was awarded the God & Service recognition from the United Church of Christ and the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Rabenstine is survived by a son, Eugene F. Rabenstine, Jr. and his wife, Sue of York; four grandchildren, Melissia Miller, Andrew Rabenstine and his wife, Magaly, Catherine Rabenstine, and Peter Rabenstine; four great-grandchildren, Matthew Sharp, Madison Rabenstine, Nathan Rabenstine, and Mackenzie Rabenstine; and a daughter-in-law, Alison Brown Rabenstine. He was also preceded in death by a son, John M. Rabenstine; a brother; and a sister. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Zion United Church of Christ, 100 Lafayette St., York, with his Pastor, The Rev. Philip Nace, officiating. Viewings will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 S. George St., York (the former Hahn Home), and 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in New Fairview Cemetery, with military rites presented by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Birth of Freedom Council Boy Scouts of America (formerly York Adams Council), 2139 White St., York, PA 17404.

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Published in York Dispatch on Jun. 4, 2012.
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June 10, 2012
Haines Wizard Rance 1960
Very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. It brings back so many great memories growing up in York and the Zion UCC scout troop, trip to Tuckahoe and other great memories of Zion life.
Les Hoffman
June 8, 2012
Eugene & family, I am sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your dad & John. In fact I was talking about them just a few weeks ago to a friend of mine. May our Lord and Savior give you HIS peace during your grief. Lynne ( Hoffman ) McCall
Lynne McCall
June 7, 2012
As a Boy Scout leader, Mr. Rabenstine instilled, inspired, and expected so much from his Scouts. Life lessons in respect, responsibility, and stewardship of our earth were learned at such a formative age. Those lessons have never left me, thanks to Mr. Rabenstine's desire to teach and shape young men. My deepest sympathy is extended to the Rabenstine family, and my deepest thanks remain with Mr. Rabenstine for his 70 years of devotion to the Boy Scouts of America, and the young men of York.
Bill Powers
June 5, 2012
May God Bless Eugene and his family. Thank you for your many years of service to Grantley Fire Co. of York, PA. (a founding member and life member) - So Mote It Be - Bro. Noel Kline, EMT-B, Grantley Fire & EMS
Noel Kline
June 4, 2012
So many fond memories of Gene. He was a friend to everyone.
Dick and Jetty Zarfos
June 4, 2012
I'm sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please accept my sympathy. I'm sure your Dad and mine (Geo.) are driving around together in Heaven keeping everyone on their toes!
Deb Deitz-Althoff
June 4, 2012
Gene and Sue please accept our sympathy
in the loss of you dad. He was a good man
Jeff and Bonnie Hayes
June 4, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Shortie's passing. Life will never be the same in heaven now that his presence is there. He was a dear man....he is now at peace. Diane R. Berkheimer
Diane Berkheimer
June 4, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Orvin E. Reidel II
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