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Raymond Witmer called to eternal home

WILLOW STREET, Pa. -- Raymond F. Witmer, one of Pennsylvania’s most prominent Guernsey breeders, was called to his eternal home on Sunday, January 12, at the age of 90 with his family at his side.

Raymond and his wife, Louise, operated Penn Del Farm along Beaver Valley Pike, in Lancaster County for 36 years, where they developed numerous production records and award winning animals. Most prominent was his pride and joy, Penn Del Vesuvius Glenna, a 3-time national champion cow.

Raymond was born on the home farm which was known and admired by all for its lovingly cared for components, including meticulously maintained buildings, pastures, white board fences, lawns, shrubbery, trees and flowers. The herd of fawn-coloredpurebred Guernseys completed the perfect picture.

The dairy industry was Raymond’s calling. He graduated from Lampeter High School in vocational agriculture. He held office and was recognized in many dairy-related business circles including: FFA; 4-H; county, state, and national Guernsey associations; the Pennsylvania Dairy & Allied Industries Association; and the Lancaster County Farm & Home Foundation.

Born at home on December 3, 1923, Raymond was the husband of Louise A. (Zeitler) Witmer for 63 years and the son of the late Clair H. and Minnie B. (Rohrer) Witmer. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg for 62 years, throughout which he was active as a Trustee and elder.

Raymond is survived by his wife Louise; four children: Peter C (husband of Phyllis J.) of Leola; Mark Z. (husband of Betty J.) of Lancaster; Susan L. Silverstein (wife of Mitchell L.) of West Chester; and Mary A. Wile (wife of William H.) of Willow Street; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Raymond’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pa. on Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Robert K. Bronkema officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Traditional burial will be held privately at Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Raymond’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send an online note of condolence, please visit: reynoldsfuneralhome.net.