Russell Lentz, 89, of Lancaster, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy, PA following a lengthy illness.
He was happily married for 66 years to Grace E. Hershey Lentz. Born in Smoketown, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Louise S. Rote Lentz.
Russell retired from the United State Postal Service where he had been employed for many years in the maintenance department. He was a graduate of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Russell was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster.
For many years, Russell and his family enjoyed spending time at their home in Adamant, VT. He had been a board member of the Barre Montpelier Mental Health Association and a member of the Postal Service Employees Union. In addition to being a devoted family man, Russell enjoyed designing and building various construction projects and had done much of the work on his homes in both Lancaster and Adamant.
Russell served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 328th Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division particularly in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two purple hearts, the Bronze Star for his valor, and earned the Combat Infantry and the Theatre Service Medal Badges.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Russell F. husband of Nancy Adams Lentz of Pace, FL, and Donald K. husband of Janet I. Dougherty Lentz of Strasburg; a daughter, Christine L. Lentz of Lancaster; two step grandchildren, Frank LaSueur of Phoenix, AZ and Julie Brown of Milton FL; and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings, Donald B. Lentz, Charles J. Lentz, and E. Jane Keemer.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.