I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).
I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).
I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).
What do you do at age 69 on the cusp of 70 (May 17) to challenge oneself?
Donald R. Genshart, 88, of Allentown, died Jan. 8, 2020, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Anne A. (Apfelbaum). They would have been married 62 years this month. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frederick W. K. Genshart, DDS and Julia P. (Peters) Genshart.
He was a graduate of Allentown High School, Class of 1950.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman.
He was employed by Mack Trucks for over 32 years in plants 4 and 5-C, retiring in 1987.
Larry R. Ruth, 76, of Salisbury Township, died Jan. 13, 2020, in Cedarbrook, South Whitehall Township. He was the husband of the late Dorothy K. (Larimore) Ruth, who died in August 2019. Born in Emmaus, he was the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy (Heil) Ruth.
He was a 1961 graduate of Emmaus High School.
He worked for many years in maintenance at Rodale Press and Hubbel-Bell in Fogelsville.
He was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury.
He enjoyed attending stock car and sprint car races.
All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lehigh Temple, 2120 Route 100, Macungie. Everyone is welcome. There is a charge. For more information, call 610-398-9845.
A Red Cross blood drive will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road, Quakertown. The Bloodmobile will be parked outside Entrance #18, near the Garden Center. Appointments are preferred, but not needed. Register online at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code qmart or call 1-800-REDCROSS. All blood types are needed.
Josephine J. Derr, 81, of Trexlertown, died Jan. 10, 2020. She was the wife of the late Lynn R. Derr. Born in Macungie, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (Dey) Fegley.
She was employed at Knoll Furniture for many years before retiring. She enjoyed going to bingo.
She is survived by children, Donald, Theodore and Audrey; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald and William. She was predeceased by daughters, Connie Hregician, Brenda Smoyer and Susan.
Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Buehrle, 90, retired president and CEO of The Lutheran Home at Topton, died Jan. 5, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of the late Betty G. (Gulden) Buehrle, who died June 15, 2019. They were married 68 years at the time of her death. Born in Blooming Glen, Bucks County, he was a son of the late George R. and Irene M. (Landis) Buehrle.
He and his wife were members of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus.