William S. Best Jr., 74, of Orefield, died Jan. 13, 2019, in his home.
He and his wife Maxine L. (Bratton) Best were married 49 years.
Born Jan. 2, 1945, in Williamsport, Lycoming County, he was the son of the late William S. Sr. and Florence G. (Cox) Best.
He was employed in information technology for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resourses, for many years before retiring in 2007.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy stationed aboard aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal, during the Vietnam War era.
David F. Shellhammer, 57, of Allentown, died on Jan. 17, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Born Feb. 23, 1961, in Allentown, he was the son of Gary R. and Phyllis S. (Schoch) Shellhammer with whom he resided.
A 1979 graduate of Parkland High School, he formerly was an independent contractor for Eagle Snacks, Lance Crackers and Pepperidge Farm products.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ congregation of Cedar Union Church, Cetronia, South Whitehall.
Thomas E. Ford, 52, of Bethlehem, died Jan. 12, 2019, in his home.
He was the husband of Maribel (Martinez) Ford.
Born Feb. 23, 1966, in Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., he was the son of the late Thomas Edward and Cherrye Anne (Carter) Ford.
He was raised by his grandparents, the late Willie Jr. and Dorothy Faye (Carter) Peacock.
Having a love for cars, he was an advanced automobile mechanic and transmission specialist.
He was a former member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Rev. James L. Knappenberger, 66, of Slatington, died Jan. 18, 2019, in his home.
He was the husband of the late Pamela Susan (Peters) Knappenberger.
Born March 12, 1952, in Allentown, he was the son of Shirley M.A. (Rumfield) Knappenberger at home and the late Warren W. Knappenberger.
A 1970 graduate of Parkland High School, and a 1974 graduate of West Chester University, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.
Philip F. Newman Jr., 86, of South Whitehall Township, died on Jan. 11, 2019, in St. Luke’s Hospital, surrounded by his comfortably blended family.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of Dr. Philip F. Newman and his wife, the former Dorothy Albright.
William A. Tyrka, 82, of Macungie, died Jan. 10, 2019, at home.
He and his wife Carol A. (Bender) Tyrka were married 25 years last June.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., he was a son of the late William and Anna (Faber) Tyrka.
He was a self-employed roofing contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years.
Before that, he was in roofing sales.
A member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield, he was the custodian for the last five years before his illness.
He was also as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Julius F. Iacocca, 93, of South Whitehall Township died Jan. 10, 2019, surrounded by his family in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
The loving husband of Phyllis A. (Rose) Iacocca, the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 16, 2018.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Theodore and Assunta (Cocca) Iacocca.
A 1943 graduate of Allentown High School, after World War II he completed his education at Lehigh University graduating in 1948.
Edward J. Stachowski, 87, of Orefield, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy L. (Perley) Stachowski.
Born Jan. 21, 1931, in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late John and Stella Stachowski.
He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.
A production supervisor at Pepperidge Farm, Downingtown, for many years, he retired in 1988.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Betty J. Kunkle, 77, of Spring City, Chester County, formerly of Krumsville, Berks County, died Jan. 5, 2019, in her home.
She was the wife of the late Donald R. Kunkle, who died in 2013.
Born March 24, 1941, in Cumru Township, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester W. and Kathryn F. Burkhart.
The former co-owner of Kunkle’s Farm Stand in the Allentown Farmer’s Market, her true passion was to be at home raising her family.
Frank Alotta, 87, of Allentown, died Jan. 5, 2019, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He was the husband of the late Loretta (Rota) Alotta.
Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Frank and Josephine (Lena) Alotta.
He was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Allentown.
Before retiring, he worked for Western Electric, owned Frankie Alotta’s Café and lastly for Mack Trucks as an expeditor.
He served in the Navy Reserves.