Andrew Walter Stabler Jr.

M, (1 December 1926 - 28 May 2013)
     Andrew Walter Stabler Jr. was born on 1 December 1926 at Montgomery, Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of Andrew Walter Stabler and Gertude Laura Gilbert. Andrew Walter Stabler Jr. married, at age 23, Dorothy Rosanna Ulmer, daughter of Charles Ervin Ulmer and Margaret Sophia Dangle, on Saturday, 19 August 1950 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.2,3,1 Andrew Walter Stabler Jr. died on 28 May 2013 at Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, at age 86 years, 5 months and 27 days. He died of heart failure.1 A memorial service for Andrew Walter Stabler Jr. was held Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on 31 May 2013 at 6 p.m. with Pastor Michael E. Wright officiating.1
     Andrew Walter Stabler Jr. graduated in circa 1943 from Montoursville High School, located in Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.1 He graduated in circa 1950 from Bucknell University, located in Lewisburg, East Buffalo Township, Union County, Pennsylvania, earning a business administration degree.1 He was the President of Grit Publishing in 1980 at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.3 His obituary was published on 30 May 2013 in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, printed in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. His obituary stated:

     Andrew W. Stabler Jr., who rose from clerk at The Grit, which billed itself as "America's Greatest Family Newspaper," to president of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association while providing generous support to his family and community, died on Tuesday.

     He was 86.

     He died of heart failure in his home in Montoursville.

     Stabler's strong Christian ethics defined his life and guided his business practices, extensive donations and volunteer work. He served on the board of the American Rescue Workers and for many years volunteered as a chaplain in the Susquehanna Health System. He was an active member of Community Baptist Church in Montoursville, and in the past had served as an elder there.

     His business savvy enabled him to guide the Grit through years of growth, until he became President of its publishing company and Lamco Communications. Later, he served as chair of the Christian Businessmen's Committee and president of Williamsport's Industrial Management Club.

     While making careful management decisions, Stabler also freely gave his time and money to innumerable worthy causes. His family, friends and city remember him for endless generosity.

     Stabler was born on Dec. 1, 1926. After graduating from Montoursville High School, he entered the Air Force and joined the occupying troops in Italy at the end of World War II. When he returned home, he earned a business administration degree from Bucknell University.

     His survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Ulmer Stabler of Montoursville; his sons, Dr. Craig Stabler in Williamsport, Kurt Stabler in Dunn, N.C., and Kevin Stabler in Bolivia; his daughter, Saundra Stabler Diehl in Park City, Utah; his sister, Edna Strouble in Montoursville; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

     A memorial service to celebrate Andrew's life will be held on Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, Rt. 87, Montoursville, with Pastor Michael E. Wright officiating. Friends will be received following the service in the church foyer.

     In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Ministry to Missionaries, 145 Dohl Road, Berwick, PA 18603, for its Bolivia School Project or the missions fund at Community Baptist Church, Route 87, Montoursville, PA 17754. These should be made In Memory of Andrew W. Stabler. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.1
Last Edited=10 Oct 2013


  1. [S2335] "Andrew W. Stabler Jr. obituary," Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 30 May 2013, online archives (… : accessed 10 October 2013). Kevin Leonard Sholder, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  2. [S61] Edna Ruth (Stabler) Strouble, "Family Group Sheets," supplied 9 February 1992 (340 Bennett Street, Montoursville, Pennsylvania 17754, USA; (717) 368-8797).
  3. [S2131] "Mr., Mrs. Andrew Stabler Jr. observe 60th anniversary," Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 15 August 2010, online archives (… : accessed 23 May 2011). Kevin Leonard Sholder, Dayton, Ohio, USA.