Elmer E. Daneker
Elmer E. Daneker, 86, died peacefully Dec. 24, 2018. He was the loving husband of the late Patricia A. (Arndt) Daneker for over 50 years. Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Elmer and Ruth (Thomas) Daneker.
After graduating from Palmerton High School, he proudly joined the Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honored to be included as part of the Palmerton Area Veterans Memorial.
Prior to retiring in 1986, he enjoyed a career of over 30 years with Mack Trucks and then became an ambassador for them, serving in their many company functions, tours at their Macungie plant and president of the Mack Retirement Club for many years to follow.
His many passions included family, friends, animals, bowling and the New York Yankees.
He enjoyed coaching for Orefield Little League baseball and North Parkland Junior Legion Baseball and was a multi-term president for the Lehigh Valley Junior Legion Baseball League. He was currently serving more than 30 years as vice chairman of Pennsylvania American Junior Legion Baseball and was inducted into the Pennsylvania American Legion Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. The Pennsylvania Junior American Legion Baseball state tournament sportsmanship award is named in his honor.
He served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 60 of the Boy Scouts of America for more than 15 years.
As a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Alburtis, he became one of the founding consistory members in 1971 and served many years.
He is survived by a daughter, Tracy L. and her companion, Chad Stoudnour, of New Ringgold; son, John T. and his wife, Cindy L., of New Tripoli; sister-in-law, Sandra K. Sarley, of Breinigsville; many nieces and nephews; loving cats, Skitters and Hop. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Allyson Marie.
Contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans of America or Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 12 in Church of the Good Shepherd, 135 Quarry Road, Alburtis. A calling hour will be held 10 a.m. until time of service. Arrangements entrusted to the Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.