2010-04-08 / Obituaries

Rev. D. Gregory Lake

Station, 56

Rev. D. Gregory Lake, 56, Cogan Station, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at The Hospice Gatehouse with his family at his bedside.

He was born June 12, 1953, in McConnellsburg, the son of the late Wayne Q. Lake and Edna (Downin) Lake.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cynthia L. “Cindy” Hawk, whom he married on August 21, 1976.

Also surviving are three daughters: Kathryn J. Lake of Elmwood Park, N.J.; Shawna R. Lake, Secane; and Candace L. Lake, Maple Shade, N.J.; a grandson, Lincoln A. Park, Elmwood Park, N.J.; brothers: W. Eugene Lake, Waterfall; and Terry L. Lake, Mercersburg.

He graduated from James Buchanan High School in 1970 and then went on to obtain a B.S. in comprehensive social studies from Shippensburg University. Upon graduation, he continued his education at Gettysburg Seminary for two years and then transferred to the Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1968. His clinical pastor education took place at the Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn.

He was an ordained elder of the Central Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference. He was ordained on his 27th birthday. In the summer of 1976, he participated in a campground ministry at Smith Mountain lake near Roanoke, Va., where he was responsible for Sunday services and youth work at three campgrounds.

He served the following United Methodist churches within his 30 years of ministry: Lemasters, Shiremanstown, Martinsville Charge, Windsor, St. Paul’s Paddletown, Bethany, Hughesville, Warriors Mark, 58th Street, Altoona (now Christ Community), Grove Memorial Greater Parish, Lewistown and Balls Mills, Clogan Station.

He was most proud of his work with the Shepherd of the Streets and Family Promise, a program that provided necessary tools for homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency. He also served on the Council of the United Churches of Lycoming County, and while at the Martinsville Charge, he developed a river ministry at Long Level.

He enjoyed working in his flower gardens, of which iris were his favorite. He also loved woodworking. His handiwork could be seen throughout his home. The Civil War was one of his great passions. He found solace in walking the various battlefields. His family and pets were a very large part of his life also. They gave him much comfort and pleasure.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 7, at St. John’s- Newberry United Methodist Church. District Superintendent Rev. Arlene P. Beechert, Rev. Joseph L. Kugle and Rev. Dr. Samuel Sheffler officiated. Burial was made at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind ( a seeing eye dog training center) 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 1058; Family Promise, c/o St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street, or the Susquehanna Hospice Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd., both Williamsport, PA 17701.

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