The Rev. Malvin F. Warntz


May 5, 1920 – Feb. 2, 2018

The Rev. Malvin F. Warntz, 97, formerly of Coburn, passed away Friday at RiverWoods Nursing Home, Lewisburg.

He was born in Aarons­burg, son of the late Harry S. and Lydia E. (Long) Warntz.

Surviving are a stepdaughter, Lisa A. (Guinivan) Shellenberger (Michael) of New Cumberland; two stepgranddaughters: Megan Shellenberger of Port Orange, Fla., and Natalie Shellenberger of New Cumberland; a stepgreat-grandson, Cole; a sister, Violet Stover of Belleville; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, June E. (Auman) Warntz in Septem­ber 2002; his second wife, Roberta A. (Guinivan) Warntz on Oct. 23, 2017; a son, Larry Warntz; two brothers: Leroy H. and Carl Warntz; two sisters: Lydia M. Breon and Marian Bower; three brothers-in-law: Russell Stover, Paul Bower and Walter Breon; and two sisters-in-law: Marion Warntz and Hazel Warntz.

Malvin was a 1937 graduate of East Penns Valley High School in Millheim. Following graduation, he assisted his father with farming until 1941, and for a brief period of time, he worked at the Millheim Hosiery Mill. He graduated from the Central Pennsyl­vania Business College in Harrisburg. In March of 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army, and served in WWII with the 141st General Hospital for 23 months in the U.S. and 12 months in England. In 1946, he entered Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., from which he received a BA degree with honors. He received his license to preach from the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1948. After graduation, he attended the Evangelical School of Theology at Albright College in Reading and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in divinity and later a master’s degree in divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

He was a dedicated minister of the United Methodist Church, servicing the Central Pennsylvania Conference for 36 years. He served as the Secretary of Commission on Town and Country Church and as Chairman on the Commission. He was a member of the Board of Missions. He was a pastor of Penns Creed E.U.B. charge from 1950-54. This included Penns Creek, White Springs, Salem, Zion and St. Peter’s churches. From 1954-72, he was the pastor of Burnham E.U.B. (United Methodist Church) charge, which consisted of Freedom Avenue, Salem, New Lancaster Valley, St. Peters and Havice Valley. Later, he served Church Hill United Methodist Church in Reedsville. From 1972-85, he serviced Garden Heights and Lakemont United Methodist Churches in Altoona. He retired in 1985, and in 1987, he was appointed chaplin for Poe Valley State Park and also for Hemlock Acres. He served in this area until 1991. In 1992, he was inducted into the Eckels Society of the United Theological Seminary in recognition of over 40 years of “faithful service for living a life that honors God, Christ, the Church and United Theological Seminary.” He was a lifetime member of the Millheim Lions Club.

After retirement, Malvin enjoyed traveling to Florida every winter, gardening, golfing, bowling and reading, mostly biographies and Christian literature. He highly anticipated spending a week camping every year at Grange Fair, where he would meet up with friends and former parishioners from all the churches he served.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until noon Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Woodward, followed by a noon funeral service, Chaplain Peter Geschwindner officiating. He will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Mill­heim.

­­­Contributions in memory of Malvin may be given to Albright Care Benevolence Fund, 90 Maplewood Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to Hospice of Evangelical, 235 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or to Millheim Lions Club, c/o Paula Smith, 117 Orpha Lane, Spring Mills, PA 16875.

Arrangements are by Steven R. Neff Funeral Home, Millheim. Online condolences may be sent to the family at