Ernest Sylvester Shane

February 23, 1929 ~ May 5, 2022 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Ernest Shane Obituary

Ernest Sylvester Shane, 93, formerly of Bertolet Mill Road, Oley, died May 5, 2022, at Keystone Villa in Douglassville. 

He was the husband of Ruth Blanche (Wagner) Shane, who died December 5, 2018. They were married September 24, 1949, in Denver, Colorado where Ernest was stationed in the U.S. Air Force.

Born in Oley on February 23, 1929, he was the son of the late William D., and Margaret (Bower) Shane. 

Ernest graduated from Oley High School in 1947 and was an active member of Salem United Church of Christ in Spangsville for many years.

He was employed in agricultural product sales for many years for Agway, Farm Bureau, and Eastern Industries. Prior to that, Ernest worked at the Southeastern Penna. Artificial Breeding Cooperative, and drove the Murphy Bus from Boyertown to Reading. 

Ernest enjoyed golf, gardening, driving, and road trips. Most of all, he enjoyed being close with his family, and being a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Ernest also loved his ice cream. 

He is survived by three children: Gary L., husband of Etta Shane of Exeter Township; Lorie R. (Shane), wife of Michael Schneider of Havertown; and Steven A., husband of Robin (Hummel) Shane of Maidencreek Township.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren: Justin, Adam, Ady, Geoffrey, Ted, Shanna, Cory, and Sarah; and eight great grandchildren: Greta, Myrna, Jasper, Rowan, Rishi, Wren, Hanlee, and Brynn. 

Ernest was predeceased by three siblings: William I. Shane, Sarah Stauffer, and Martha Hoch.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Ernest’s compassionate caregivers at Keystone Villa, Douglassville and Holisticare Hospice, Wyomissing.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 11 A.M., at Salem United Church of Christ, 307 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA 19547. Burial will follow in the Spangsville Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. prior to the service in the church at the above address followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church at the above address or, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Stitzel Family Funeral Home, Oley, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at


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May 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Salem United Church of Christ (Oley)

Funeral Service
May 12, 2022

11:00 AM
Salem United Church of Christ (Oley)


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