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Ernest L. Deem

December 7, 1941 ~ December 20, 2018 (age 77)

Ernest L. Deem
Ernest Leroy Deem, 77, a lifetime resident of West Penn Township, New Ringgold, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, while a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Stahler) Deem. They celebrated 49 years of marriage in May 2018. He retired in 1991 as a PA state trooper and then worked for 17 years as a bus driver for Kistler Transportation. Born on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, in New Ringgold, he was a son of the late Walter Deem and the late Virgie (Blew) Deem. A 1960 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, he served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1961-1965, attaining the rank of Specialist Five while serving in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Upon returning home, he was employed by the former B.A. Deem Excavating Co., New Ringgold. He was in the first class of civilian examiners in the PA Department of Transportation in Reading.Deem was a former West Penn Township Supervisor. He was a member of the Little Acorn Sporting Club and a life member of Phillip C. Melley Lodge No. 65, Fraternal Order of Police, Reading. Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Dean E. and his wife, Kim, Todd A. and his wife, Lori, and Christian L., all of New Ringgold; five grandchildren, Todd Deem II, James Deem, Zachary Deem, Elaine Deem and Mackenzie Smith; two great-grandchildren, Fey and Aria Deem; and his mother-in-law, Bertha B. (Bailey) Stahler.
He was the last surviving of his siblings, having been preceded in death by Verna Kline, Helen McKeever, Ruth Brown, Leah Gerber, Kenneth Deem, Lamar Deem, Phyllis Hoppes and Francis Deem. Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, Robert S. Nester Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2066 West Penn Pike, New Ringgold. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. State Police and military honors will be bestowed graveside at Zion Stone Church Cemetery, New Ringgold. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society , 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. 

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