Jere S. Hambleton, 72

Jere S. Hambleton, 72, of Lancaster, died Friday, August 21, 2009, at his residence after battling cancer. He was born on November 2, 1936, in Lancaster to Mildred Wiggins Hambleton and the late Gerald W. Hambleton. Mr. Hambleton is by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth J. Green Hambleton.

Mr. Hambleton was of the Methodist faith. He served in the United States Air Force. During his time in the service he worked as a radio and television broadcaster for ten years. He was later employed by Harold’s Furniture, where he worked as a salesman for twenty-four years. Mr. Hambleton also owned B&J video for ten years. He was a life member of the Lancaster Research and Recovery Club and their police search team. Jere dealt and sold antique bottles and other antiques. Every July for the past eight years, Mr. Hambleton and Steve Guion organized the Shupps Grove Bottle Festival.  His other interests and hobbies included: golf, bowling, fishing, working with stained glass, cleaning old bottles, and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Hambleton also enjoyed feeding and watching birds.

In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Hambleton is survived by his children, Debra, wife of Robert Coldren of Lancaster, Bruce, husband of Amy Shaeffer Hambleton of Lancaster, Brian, husband of Kristin Erdman Hambleton of Lancaster; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; two sisters: Florienda, wife of Nelson Reynolds of Florida, and Geraldine, wife of Robert Herr, of Lititz; and one brother, Dennis, husband of Deloris Hambleton of Lancaster and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their thanks to Dr. E. Horenkamp for the medical help that allowed for time that Mr. Hambleton was able to enjoy with his friends, Rick and Shirley, Bob and Pat, Steve, Marilyn, John, Reggie; Kevin and Debbie for their chicken pot pie and yard work.

A Service Celebrating the Life of Mr. Hambleton will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2009, from 1-4 PM at the Lancaster AMVETS Post 19 Banquet Hall, 715 Fairview Ave. Lancaster, PA. Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lancaster City Police Foundation, P.O. Box 10171 Lancaster, PA 17605-0170. Please specify on the check whether donations should go to the mounted police or K-9 corps. Contributions can also be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr. Lancaster PA, 17604-4125. To send an online condolence please visit:

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Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

Our deepest sympathy to your family. Jere was a wonderful person and a wealth of knowledge to many people. We will miss him. God comfort you at this time.
Art and Maggie Bouder

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Jere.  He was a great guy who always was warm and friendly.  I will miss him at Shupps Grove, the Baltimore Bottle show and other shows where we have run into each other.  My heart goes out to Betty and the family.
Steve Charing

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