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Donald E. Lichtenwalner

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

third generation potato farmer

Donald E. Lichtenwalner, 85, of Macungie, died Aug. 4, 2013, in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty J. (Gehman) Lichtenwalner, with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage. Born in Macungie, he was the son of the late Ellis and Florence (Lichtenwalner) Lichtenwalner.

He was a 1946 graduate of Emmaus High School.

He was a third generation and lifetime potato farmer.

He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, Macungie, where he was a Church Council member, Sunday School superintendent, and served on the building committee and currently a member of St. Peter's Union Church, Macungie, serving on the joint and Lutheran council, as church treasurer, Sunday School superintendent, and member of the building committee.

He was Master of the Macungie Grange, Lehigh Northampton Pomona Grange, and currently a member of the Trexlertown Grange serving on the PA State Grange Agriculture Committee. He served as a director on the Lehigh County of Soil Conservation District and the Lehigh County Extension Board, hosted international farmers through the National 4-H Foundation, served on the advisory board of the former 1st National Bank of Allentown, past president of the Lichtenwalner reunion, former member, past president, financial secretary, and director of the Western Lehigh Lions Club, was a life member of the Macungie VFW and the Macungie Fire Co., and played the trumpet in the Macungie Band.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Timothy E. and his wife, Karen, of Coplay and Mark A. and his wife, Katherine, of Macungie; daughter, Janice E. and her husband, Richard Wetzel, of Macungie; grandchildren, Dr. Todd and Dr. Danielle Wetzel, of Niskayuna, N.Y., Dr. Eric and Angela Wetzel, of Baltimore, Md., Craig and Cindy Wetzel, of Dearborn, Mich., Dr. Drew and Dr. Danielle Wetzel, of Everett, Wash., Amy and Matt Hinely, of Longwood, Fla., Julie of Plant City, Fla., Erin and Joel Geiger, of Bath, Rachel A., of Alexandria, Va., and Molly A., of Macungie; great-grandchildren, Calvin, Melinda, Grace, Leo, Celia, Lydia, Noah, Micah, Luke, Adam, and Eli. He was predeceased by a brother, William; sisters, Miriam and Arlene.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter's Union Church, Sarah Care, 7010 Snowdrift Rd., Allentown, 18106, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 617 Main St., Hellertown, 18055.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 Aug. 10 at St. Peter's Union Church, 7863 St. Peter's Road, Macungie. Viewing 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., 250 Main St., Emmaus and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 in the church.