Edward M. “Ed” Richner, 97, of Williamsport, passed away on April 30, 2019, at the Williamsport Home. Edward was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Phyllis Jean (Maneval) Richner, on Aug. 23, 1995.

Born on Sept. 29, 1921, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late George A. and Kathryn R. (Harrison) Richner.

Ed was a 1939 graduate of Williamsport High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a master sergeant and worked as vice president at the Former Confair Bottling Company, now Pepsi, for 50 years until his retirement in 1991.

Edward was a member of the former Church of the Savior Lutheran where he served as the treasurer for 10 years and was a member of the church council. He was currently a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Ed was also a member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, the John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707, the Scottish Rite, the former Keenagers where he served as the treasurer and on the financial committee and was a life member of the LeRoy O. Buck VFW Post No. 7863.

Surviving are: his children, Mark E. Richner (Mary Lee) of Cranberry Township and Beth C. Porter (Landon) of Bandon, Ore.; grandchildren, Amy Koski (Justin) of Long Lake, Minn., Rich Porter (Lori) of Sparks, Nev., and Matthew Richner of Economy Borough; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by a brother, George A. Richner Jr.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ed will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery with full military honors. A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Edward’s name to St. Mark Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 142 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701.