Smeltzer, 92, of 67 Pepper Hills Danville PA passed away peacefully
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at his home with his daughter by his side. He
was born August 15, 1924 in Shamokin PA the son of the late Howard and
Lillian Johns Smeltzer.
was a devoted husband to the late Ruth Hummer Smeltzer who preceded him in
death on June 7, 2007. They were married on April 30, 1948.
graduated from Shamokin High School.
served his country for four years in the United States Army, stationed in
retired from the Danville State Hospital as an Occupational Therapist.
a member of Evangelical Church in Shamokin PA.
enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveling to Canada to catch those “big
fish”. He loved shopping at the malls with his girls. His greatest
enjoyment in life was spending time with his family, always looking forward
to Sunday visits from his sons and grandsons. He loved the holidays when
the home was filled with his children, grandchildren and lots of laughter.
Recently, he became a great-grandfather to Noel Bachman whom he loved
dearly. She loved her Pop-pop.
survived by two sons; Mark and Kevin Smeltzer and two daughters; Sharon
Smeltzer and Debra Bachman and her husband Dave; all of Danville PA.
surviving are six grandchildren; Zachary Bachman, Zebula Smeltzer, Jeremiah
Smeltzer, Kaelah Smeltzer, Kodey Smeltzer and Kevin Smeltzer and one
great-granddaughter, Noel Bachman. He is also survived by one brother,
Ronald Smeltzer and his wife Barbara of Danville PA and one niece. In
addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Burton
Smeltzer on February 7, 1981.
his wife’s passing in 2007, his daughters Sharon and Debbie were with him
every day. Not a day went by that he did not thank them for taking such
good care of him.
extraordinary thank you is extended to Debbie for being able to care for Dad
at home. Without her, it would have been impossible. Thank you also to Dr.
Rob Meloy, who was always there for Dad and for all the calls he received
day and night. Thank you also to Martha Kitchen, Dr. Norfolk and Dr.
Klemens from the Justin Drive Dialysis Unit who faithfully watched over Dad
the last eight years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Lionel’s life
to be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Visneski Funeral
Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA with Pastor Greg Molter
officiating, Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery Danville PA. Friends
will be received from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service. Military
Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard.
The family will provide
flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to The American Diabetes
Association PO Box 15829 Arlington VA 22215 or online
www.diabetes.org or The National Kidney Foundation 1500 Walnut
Street Suite 301 Philadelphia PA 19102 or online