Elmer B. Lorah formerly of Lansdale died suddenly Friday April 13, 2012 at Harston Hall in Flourtown.
Elmer was born in Lancaster, PA son of the late Elmer Dommel and Catherine Lorah. He is a US Army veteran serving form 1963 to 1969 during the Vietnam War.
Elmer was an Operating Engineer for local 542 in Fort Washington for 35 years prior to his retirement in 1998.
Elmer was the Loving Husband of Helen R. (nee McCormick) Lorah and the devoted father of Danny Todd Lorah and his wife Wendy of Pottstown, Ronald Matthew Lorah and his wife Bertin of Atlanta, GA and Kimberly Ann Rehn and her husband Brian of Montoursville, PA. He is the loving grandfather of Louie and Nicholas Lorah and Asher, Joel and Seanna Rehn. He is also survived by his sisters Dawn (Roy) Glick, June Mentzer, Elaine (John) Wenger all of Lancaster. Elmer was predeceased in death by his first wife Ethel Rae Burke Lorah in 1995.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday and 11:00 AM to 12:00PM Thursday at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home 1111 S. Bethlehem Pike Ambler. Funeral Service 12:00 Noon Interment Green Lawn Cemetery, North Wales
Remembrances in his name to the American Diabetes Foundation, 150 Monument Rd., Lower Merion, PA 19004, or to the Montgomery County SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, P.O. Box 222, Conshohocken, PA 19428.
Elmer and I became friends as kids, pre-teens. He was just a little older than I was, but I found myself learning a lot from him.He became a mentor as well as a friend. He had a new and original and fresh perspective on life and the world. This was most obvious with his generous use of humor. I still smile, thinking of him.
Mr. & Mrs. Marlin Zimmerman
Apr 18, 2012
We met Elmer for the first time several years ago with his sister Dawn, my sister in law. Elmer you impressed us with your welcome gentle smile and warm personality. Your love for your family that you expressed so easy. You will be missed. We pray God's love to shine on you and your family and bring you Peace.
Apr 18, 2012
We will miss Elmer's smiling face here at Vestal dialysis. I am so glad he was able to see friends and family before he passed. That is truly a blessing. We will all miss him.
Apr 17, 2012
You can not buy a good friend or a good neighbor. Elmer lived next to me but he was more importantly my friend. He helped me with his backhoe one summer and I feel I can never repay what he did for me. He literally saved me. I tried. By plowing his snow, fixing his tractor, but ended up feeling slightly guilty because we ended up having coffee and it wasn't helping Elmer, it was enjoying his company. He was my Dads best friend, those two did everything together. SIssy and Elmer were the greatest neighbors and freinds. Favorite story--my son Cody was young and selling gun raffle tickets for his wrestling team and had not sold many. I said "did you go down and see Elmo?(That's what he called Elmer.), he likes guns." We went down and had coffee, Elmers little Rottweilelr sat on my lap, and Cody had no tickets a couple hours later. That came back to me today, when I called Cody today, in the Marines, to tell him Elmo had passed away...
You see ...3 generations of my family have lost a loved one
Apr 17, 2012
First time, Ever I saw your face, 4-29-10 a long kept secret. What a jolly fellow you were. A gift from God. Now he is taking you home. I was "Blessed" . I will always remember you.
Your secret Sister, Dawn
Helen Rose Lorah
Apr 17, 2012
The real story of how we got married on June 7th some years ago. Elmer said,"we are going out to dinner with Fred & his wife tonight".(Fred just happened to be the JP.) When they arrived, Fred asked,"are we going to do this before we go out?" Of course, I asked,"do what?" Elmer quickly replied,"I've decided it's time that you become Mrs. Lorah, okay?" What could I say!
Apr 17, 2012
My sincerest condolences Sissy, Ron, Dan and family. Elmer was a great guy and always had a big smile and laugh to greet everyone. He was one of the good ones.
Everything from our first meeting, to the cemetery and certificates, thank you cards, flower arrangements, church and obituary were handled in a professional manner. No pressure, no hype with compassion and complete attention to detail.
The Urban Family provides compassionate and professional guidance throughout the funeral planning, the services and for months to follow. Their attention to detail offers family and friends comfort in knowing nothing will be overlooked. Our family greatly appreciates their kindness during our recent loss.
“Our family has been with Urban funeral Home for close to 30 years. My Grandmother, Aunt, In laws and most recently Mom have had their funeral handled by Urban. My mother specifically requested Skip & Dolores handle her funeral. We were in good hands from beginning to end. Peter and Trudy are wonderful. My thanks to all the Urbans.”