Paul H. Gunn, of Macungie, died February 19, 2013. He was the husband of Louise Gunn.
He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, and former owner of the Bookarama bookstores of Allentown, Bethlehem and Pottstown. He was originally from Noxapater, Miss., and left there to join the final stages of World War II, ultimately serving for 22 years.
In his later years he was a voracious reader and writer.
Lester "Les" Jay Bacon died February 22, 2013, in Claremont, N.H. following an extended illness. He was the husband of the late Anna Lee Akers Bacon for 56 years until her death in 2000. Born in Sheboygan, Wis., he was the son of Lester Fay and Viola Tousley Bacon.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp prior to a 36-year career as an engineer at Buckeye Pipe Line Company where he served as a manager in the Right of Way department.
He was an active member of the Parkway Church of Christ, Allentown, and a 32nd Degree Mason out of the Reading lodge.
Helen Proud, 67, of Allentown, died February 23, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospice inpatient unit, Allentown. She was the wife of Tom Proud. They were married for 47 years. Born in Czech Republic, she was a daughter of the late Jakob and Katarina (Thomay) Tremba.
She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Macungie.
Shirley Z. (Simmeth) Leith, 81, of Salisbury Township, died February 21, 2013, at Saucon Valley Manor, Hellertown. She was the wife of the late Maynard G. Leith who died April 19, 2003. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Augustus and Mary (Waddington) Simmeth.
She was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury.
She is survived by children, John W., Michael S., Leslie A. and her husband Robert W. Snyder; sister-in-law, Catherine Simmeth; grandson, Joshua, all of Allentown. She was predeceased by a brother, Glen.
Richard L. "Dick" Patterson, of Allentown, formerly of Macungie, died February 13, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Mayellen (Shahmoon) Patterson. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last July. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William and Ellen (Sherry) Patterson, of Allentown.
He graduated from Augusta Military Academy and was their champion trumpet player all through school.
He served several years in the Merchant Marines.
He attended Lebanon College as a music major.
The Honorable Augustus Christian Martin, 68, of Ladson, S.C., died February 15, 2013. Born in Macungie, he was the son of the late Edward H. Martin and the late Jennie M. Hammond.
Eleanor R. Fredericks, 92, formerly of Macungie, died February 19, 2013, in Arden Courts, Lower Macungie Township. Born in Mahanoy City, she was a daughter of the late Otto L. and Bertha M. (Kokat) Fredericks.
She graduated from Mahanoy City High School and was a 1940 graduate of McCann School of Business, Mahanoy City. She was employed at Mack Trucks Inc., for over 40 years, retiring in 1981 as the executive secretary for the vice president and controller at the world headquarters. Previously, she was the secretary for the controller at the Allentown plant.
Peter Christian "Pete" Larson, of Macungie, died February 19, 2013, at the Phoebe Home, Allentown, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was the husband of Carole Larson. They were married for 23 years. Born in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Hugo and Esthena (Randolph) Larson.
He graduated from Penn State University in 1953 and joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Betty M. Reinert, 87, of Emmaus, formerly of Macungie, died February 23, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late Raymond P.J. Reinert. Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late Richard W. and Esther M. (Gernerd) Moose.
She was a 1943 graduate of Allentown High School.
She retired from Spirax Sarco, Allentown after 21 years of dedicated service as an invoice clerk. Previously she was employed as a secretary at Breyer's Ice Cream Company, Allentown.
GlenRoy P. Meck, 88, of Macungie, died February 22, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Florence E. (Kemp) Meck. They were married for 66 years. Born in Longswamp Township, he was a son of the late Briden C. and Eula H. (Shoemaker) Meck.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Macungie.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a member of the Macungie VFW and Macungie Fire Company No. 1.
He was employed as a laborer at the former Macungie Foundry for many years, retiring in 1986.