The Rev. Samuel H. Stoner, 102, formerly of Lykens and Manheim, Pa., passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. A retired elder of the EPA Conference and the oldest pastor on record in the conference, he had been an active resident of Brethren Village Retirement Community for 20 years.
Sam was married to the late Alice Keller Stoner, his second wife, who died in February 2013. His first wife, the late Mary E. Boose Stoner, died in May 1982.
He was a member of St. Mark’s UMC, Mount Joy. He served the following churches as a devoted pastor: Falmouth UMC; Lykens: Grace UMC; and Manheim: Salem UMC. He retired in 1978 but continued to serve as a visitation minister at several Lancaster County United Methodist churches.
Rev. Stoner earned degrees from Lebanon Valley College and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Along with several hands-on hobbies, he had a lifelong interest in genealogy that led him to publish a book of his family’s heritage, titled The George Stinebrecher/Stoner Family Genealogy. The longest living member of his family on record, he enjoyed loving relationships with all generations and nurtured a legacy of faithfulness that he taught daily by his example.
Surviving him are three sons: John D., husband of Patricia Stoner of Ansonia, Conn.; Stephen H., husband of Sara Stoner of Milford; and Timothy D., husband of Claire Stoner of New Freedom. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson and six brothers.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Rev. Stoner’s memory to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, P. O. Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606. To send the family on-line condolences, please visit: www.BuchFuneral.com.
Notification and information provided by the Rev. David Woolverton, pastor of St. Mark’s UMC, Mount Joy.