|Luther Paul Ilgen, Sr|
|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1900|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 1954|
Friday, February 26 (1954)
L. Paul Ilgen, 53, Dies Unexpectedly of Heart Seizure
Luther Paul Ilgen, 53, owner of the Zero Pantry, Mifflinburg, and the Ilgen Meat and Ice plant, Lewisburg, died suddenly at his home 421 Walnut street, Mifflinburg, Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Mr. Ilgen had been under the doctor's care for some time, but his condition was not considered serious. His death from a heart attack was completely unexpected.
Thursday he had complained of feeling ill while in Sunbury on business, and had asked a member of the family to pick him up there and drive him home. Friday morning, he did not go to work at the ice and meat plant, and although he arose and dressed as usual, remained at home, lying on the davenport. His physician, Dr. John S. Purness, was with him when death came.
A native of Mifflinburg, Mr. Ilgen was born Nov. 3, 1900, the son of the late David W. and Lilly Shoemaker Ilgen. A member of an old and prominent family in the community, his great-grandfather, Rev. Ludwig William Albert Ilgen, was the first pastor of the Mifflinburg Lutheran church. Rev. Ilgen began to serve the churches of Buffalo Valley, including Mifflinburg, in 1802.
Mr. Ilgen graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1917, and from Bucknell University in 1922, and taught at Mifflinburg High School briefly, before joining the Bell Telephone Company, of which he became the district Superintendent at Harrisburg.
Following the death of his father in 1924, he took over the family wholesale meat and slaughter house on Walnut street, Mifflinburg, and shortly thereafter built a larger establishment in West Lewisburg. The new business was later expanded to include ice and wholesale meats, and recently the old building at Mifflinburg was converted into a frozen food locker plant known as the Zero Pantry. The Ilgen Meat and Ice plant at present employs twelve persons, and has trucks on the road delivering meat as far away as Philadelphia.
During World War II, Mr. Ilgen served as a U.S. meat inspector in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church Mifflinburg, a teacher of the Young Fellowship class of the Sunday School, and active in all the organizations of the church. He was a past member of the church council. Well known for a fine tenor voice, he sang solos, and directed the church choir for many years.
He was a member of Mifflinburg Lodge No 370, Free and Accepted Masons, a past master of the lodge in 1930, and a member of the consistory in the valley of Williamsport; a charter member of the Western Area Joint School Board, and for many years a member of the Mifflinburg school board.
Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Brungard, and two sons, L. Paul, Jr., and Harvey W., at home; two daughters, Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Warman, Mexico City, Mexico, and Miss Mary Ilgen, Harrisburg, and a granddaughter, Beth Warman, Mexico City. He was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from First Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg, with his pastor, Rev. Raymond E. Fisher, officiating, assisted by Rev. Dr. William M. Rearick, pastor emeritus of the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View cemetery, Mifflinburg. Friends will be received Saturday evening at the L.W. Strunk and Son funeral home, Mifflinburg.
David W Ilgen (1867 - 1924)
Lillie B Ilgen (1862 - 1937)
Helen B Ilgen (1904 - 1970)
Luther Paul Ilgen (1924 - 2006)*
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