Walter Longenecker Keener

Walter Longenecker Keener

Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Apr 2010 (aged 88)
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 50589418 · View Source
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Walter L. Keener, 88, of Woodcrest Villa, Lancaster, formerly of East Donegal Twp., died peacefully while resting on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Born in Rapho Twp., he was the son of the late Walter Diffenderfer Keener and Ada Bender Longenecker Keener. He was married 66 years to Martha Miller Hernley Keener of Woodcrest Villa.

Rev. Keener, known for his spiritual enthusiasm, was retired from Elizabethtown Mennonite Church where he served as pastor for 35 years. He farmed in East Donegal Twp. for 24 years, served as chaplain at ManorCare, Elizabethtown and Rheems Nursing Center for eight years and was employed by Wenger Feed Mill tending chicks for 17 years.

The children of Walter and Martha are grateful for the love, grace and prayers demonstrated throughout their family life.

In addition to his wife Martha, he is survived by four sons: Nelson, married to Jean Reist, Lancaster; Gerry, married to Donna Zehr, Lancaster; Lamar, married to Theresa Grassel, Le Mesa, CA; and Arlen, married to Kathleen Boll, Columbia; two daughters: Audrey, married to James O. Hilsher, Winnipeg and Marilyn, married to Fred Baldwin, Carlisle; 24 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and siblings: Virgie Keener; Harold, married to Mary Shearer; Helen, married to James Hess; and Barbara, married to Harold Reed, all of Lancaster County.

Walter was preceded in death by two daughters: Charlene and Velma, wife of Roy Scholl; four brothers: Edwin, Samuel, John and Lincoln; and one sister, Mary, wife of Mervin Miller.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, 300 South Spruce Street, Elizabethtown at 2:00 PM. Friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 6:00-8:30 PM. There will be no viewing on Wednesday. Interment will take place in Bossler Mennonite Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mennonite Home Communities, c/o the Benevolent Fund, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Arrangements by Miller/ Sekely Funeral Services,

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  • Created by: Donna Butler Sheaffer
  • Added: 2 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50589418
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Longenecker Keener (14 Mar 1922–1 Apr 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50589418, citing Bossler Mennonite Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Donna Butler Sheaffer (contributor 46777676) .