The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 27, 2013

Rodney R. Unger, 73, Leck Kill

The Daily Item

— LECK KILL — Rodney R. Unger, 73, of Leck Kill, entered into blessed eternal life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center. The beloved husband, father and grandfather had been ill for the past month.

He was born March 31, 1939, in Spring Glen, and graduated from Upper Dauphin High School in 1957. On April 29, 1961, he married the love of his life, the former Leah K. Schreffler, who survives.

For the past 44 years he was a dedicated and hardworking employee of Troutman Brothers in Klingerstown. Rodney also had an entrepreneurial spirit and engaged in many ventures throughout the years.

Rodney was a member of the Valley Lodge 797 Free and Accepted Masons in Valley View, and belonged to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Williamsport, where he attained his 32nd Degree.

He was an avid Phillies baseball fan. In his spare time he enjoyed reading, traveling to gospel concerts and attending services at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. He also enjoyed his weekly breakfast trips to the Americus Hose Company in Sunbury, where he was a member.

Rodney was well known for his encyclopedic memory of names, dates and events. He will also be remembered for the kindness and generosity he expressed to others in numerous ways. vHe was a proud father and grandfather who enjoyed talking to his “babies” on a daily basis.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Darby and Tom McDonnell, of Bloomsburgone son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Diane Unger, of Overlook; two blessed grandchildren, Adam and Amanda Unger, of Overlook; and his precious cat, Hector.

A viewing will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, followed by the funeral at 11, at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 6297 Lykens Valley Road (Route 25), Gratz, with the Rev. Daniel Durkee officiating.  

Interment will follow in Himmel’s Cemetery, Rebuck.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made to Penn View Bible Institute Music Department, 125 Penn View Drive, Penns Creek, PA 17862.  

The Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, Klingerstown has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest book, please visit