Rev. D. Gregory Lake, 56, of 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, died on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 peacefully at The Hospice Gatehouse with his family at his bedside.
Greg was born June 12, 1953 in McConnellsburg, Fulton County. He was 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 Aug. 21, 1976.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kathryn J. Lake of Elmwood Park, N.J., Shawna R. Lake of Secane, and Candace L. Lake of Maple Shade, N.J.; a grandson, Lincoln A. Park of Elmwood Park, N.J.; brothers, W. Eugene Lake of Waterfall and Terry L. Lake of Mercersburg.
Rev. D. Gregory Lake
Greg graduated from James Buchanan High School, McConnellsburg, in 1970 and then went on to obtain a B. S. in Comprehensive Social Studies from Shippensburg University. Upon graduation, Greg 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 1978. His Clinical Pastoral Education took place at the Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT.
Pastor Greg was an ordained elder of the Central Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference. He was ordained on his 27th birthday. In the summer of 1976 Greg 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 thirty 30 years of ministry: Lemasters, Shiremanstown, Martinsville Charge, Windsor, St. Paul's Paddletown, Bethany, Hughesville; Warriors Mark, 58th St., Altoona (now Christ Community); Grove Memorial Greater Parish, Lewistown and Balls Mills, Cogan Station.
Pastor Greg 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.
Greg 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 will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., with the District Superintendent Rev. Arlene P. Beechert, the Rev. Joseph L. Kugle and the Rev. Dr. Samuel Sheffler officiating.
There will be a visitation Tuesday at Balls Mills United Methodist Church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station from 6 to 8 p.m. and at St. John's-Newberry from 10 to 11 am., Wednesday. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, Franklin County at the convenience of the family.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions may be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind (a seeing eye dog training center) 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; Family Promise, c/o St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., or the Susquehanna Hospice Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd. both Williamsport, PA 17701.