Allen Bushong Graybill, of Lancaster, died on February 9, 2009 at the age of 84. He was born on March 30, 1924 in Lancaster, PA, the son of Chester and Blanche Bushong Graybill. He married Bernice Confer on September 24, 1974; she died in November 2006.
Allen was a graduate of Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, IL; he then served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946. He also attended Bible College in Barrington, Rhode Island, before coming home to work in the family business. The Miller and Bushong Feed Mill was established by his grandfather in Rohrerstown, later to be known as Pennfield Corporation. He continued to remain interested in the feed industry even after retiring in 1981 when the business was sold to its present owners. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, boating, crabbing, snowmobiling, but some of his greatest stories came from hunting in the Western U.S. and Canada as well as Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed traveling to Florida, cooking and reading, especially the scriptures.
Allen was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Lancaster. This is where he chose to volunteer, from the Vestry, ushering, prayer circles, and as a visitor to shut-ins; Allen was a proud member of Trinity.
He is a survived by his son, Andrew husband of Elizabeth Graybill, and his grandchildren, Caitlin and Laura Graybill, all of Lancaster. He is also survived by a stepdaughter, Holly Wilson of Tampa, FL, his brother, John B. husband of Anne Graybill of Lancaster, and his first wife, Virginia H. Graybill of Landisville. In addition to his wife Bernice, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Martha L. Graybill, and his brother, Robert B. Graybill.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Timothy Mentzer officiating. Friends may call at the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home, 2024 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.. There will be no viewing at the church on Friday; however, friends may greet the family at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Landisville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Graybill’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangements by the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home, 397-6329.