Benjamin (Ben) Maestle, Jr.
Benjamin "Ben" Maestle Jr. of New Holland passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at home after a lengthy illness. Ben was born on July 1, 1936 in Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County. He was the oldest child of Benjamin Maestle Sr. and Helen Herr Maestle. He will be missed by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Binkley Maestle; his daughter, Theresa Maestle Shahan, married to the Rev. Daniel Shahan; his "best buddy", grandson Jacob Shahan; as well as his sisters, Millie married to the late Jacob Boohar, Kim wife of Tim Myers; his brothers, Marty Maestle husband of Joyce, Robert Maestle husband of Nancy, and Albert Herr. He is predeceased by his son, Craig B. Maestle who passed away in 2012.
Ben retired from the former Ford New Holland, now CNH, in 1992. After which he enjoyed fishing and crabbing in the Outer Banks with Jake, David and Craig and fishing for trout in Lycoming County with his friends George, Bob and Judy. He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Potter County which he remodeled into a retirement hide-a-way.
In his younger days, he spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in France. At this time he connected with his father's family in Germany and enjoyed spending time with them in the Beer Gardens. Later, he became a Cub Master for Troop 148 in New Holland; he was also church treasurer for 20 years for the former Zeltenreich UCC.
The family would like to thank Hospice and Community Care, especially the Green Team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
The Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 at Furman Home for Funerals, 59 W. Main St., Leola. Greeting time: Noon till 1 p.m.
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