Philip Marlin Hain


Philip Marlin Hain of Elysburg entered his eternal life in Heaven on Friday evening, June 7, 2019, under the compassionate care of the Emmanuel Nursing and Rehabilitation staff and Geisinger Hospice of Danville. He was surrounded by his beloved family at the time of his death.
He was born March 7, 1944, in Bellefonte, a son of the late Rev. R. Marlin Hain and Leona Mae (Woland) Hain. He enjoyed life growing up with his four siblings, David Hain, Mary Anna Brown, Rachel Goss, and Dorcas Bender.

Phillip attended various schools during his life, including a one room schoolhouse near Dornsife, and graduated from Mifflinburg High School in the class of 1962. On June 13, 1964, he married the love of his life, the former Arlene J. Schankweiler. They had four children together and nine grandchildren. They were separated only by her death on Feb. 2, 2006, ending a marital span of almost 42 years. On May 9, 2009, he married his current love, the former Robin Wanamaker to whom he was married at the time of his death.

He was employed by United Parcel Service (UPS), Zeigler's Fine Furniture, Sunbury Community Hospital, and Knoebels Amusement Resort. He also liked tinkering in his garage and had a small engine repair business. He would also assist friends, Jack Mangle and Randy Hoffman transporting cars for them.

His Christian faith was of utmost importance to him and he would often be found studying his Bible. He wanted everyone to know about Jesus. He was an exceptionally talented musician and had the voice of an angel. He delighted many people over the years singing at churches, family events, and nursing facilities as well as in the church choir, which he directed for many years. In his younger years, he sang with his brother, sisters, and in-laws in the Pilgrim Echoes. He was also very instrumentally talented and played many musical instruments, often "playing by ear" and requiring no music at all. He often enjoyed "family jam sessions" with his children. Traveling with and participating in the Central Pennsylvania Gospel Band gave him great joy. Worshipping with and sharing about the saving love of Jesus always made him smile. Despite many health issues over the years, he was a friendly, loving, genuine man. While traveling with the band, he became acquainted with many people at the various churches and camp meetings he attended. He was a long-time worshipper at the Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in both Elysburg, and most recently Shamokin. He also participated as a lay minister at area campgrounds and participated with the Good News Club.

Phillip enjoyed many things in life such as hunting, fishing, and going to picnics with family and friends. He enjoyed visits from family and friends while he was a resident at Emmanuel where he lived since October 2017. He was a regular visitor to OIP and McDonalds in Elysburg, where he spent his mornings hanging out with his friends. He found much enjoyment in attending concerts and sporting events including events for his children and grandchildren, as well as hymn sings and gospel concerts.

He is survived by his four children, Philip (Kelly) Hain, Juanita (Todd) Helwig, Christine (Rich) Ranck, and Mary-Elizabeth Hain. There are also his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, Gage, and Adrian Hain, Cordell Helwig, Wayne (Allie), Stevan (Samantha), and Christin Ranck, and Alitheia and Luke Kadlub. He has three great-grandchildren, Tanner, Casen, and Molly and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his fourth great-grandchild in July. He is also survived by his wife Robin, his father-in-law, Ronald Wanamaker, her children James Weikel and Brandi (Edgar) Fry, and her three grandchildren, Elise, Eddie, and Hunter; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Doris Schankweiler, Lois Schankweiler, and the Rev. Thomas and Sally Schankweiler as well as David "Doc" Brown, John Goss, and Terry Bender and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Arlene; his parents; his in-laws, Harry A. Schankweiler Sr., and wife Eva; his brother-in-law, Harry A. Schankweiler Jr.; and sister-in-law, Maxine Hain.

Aviewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 12, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Second and Arch streets, Shamokin, followed by the funeral at noon, with Pastor Samuel Bellavia officiating.
Burial will follow in Northumberland Memorial Cemetery, Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 114 N. Second St., Shamokin, PA 17872.

Philip would want everyone to treat others with kindness, as his Father in Heaven does. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. He would also want others to know about Jesus. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.

Until we meet again...

Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, Trevorton.
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Madelon Wert Herrold
Jun 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family. (1962 Mifflinburg graduate)
Ruth and Charlie Crawford
Jun 10, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss, Robin. May knowing he is at home with his Lord bring you comfort and peace. Charlie will miss his “coffee buddy” at Knoebels. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.
Donna Cosgrove
Jun 10, 2019
Every time I hear this song He Lives, I think of you Phill. You gave it extra meaning when you sang it and lead us also. Love and prayers to your family and congratulations on entering your new home with our Lord and Savior
Margaret Kramer
Jun 10, 2019
Sending love and prayers to the family! I enjoyed so much hearing him sing while playing with him in the band.
Deb and Nevin Dressler
Jun 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss Robin.
Joyce Bucher Allen
Jun 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Many from our class sends condolences.
Alissa Stefanski Wysong
Jun 10, 2019
Robin and family-so sorry for your loss. Phil was a good man. Just know that he is now in glory in heaven. All my love to you at this time.
Joe/Diane Lacey
Jun 10, 2019
Your family is in our prayers, may you all feel the comfort and peace that only the Lord can give.
Ellen Stefanski
Jun 10, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Phil’s death. Know he is in the arms of God. May God bless you & the family..
Love you, Sweetie.
Aunt Ellie & Family
Hanna Halderman
Jun 10, 2019
Weekly visits from my favorite customers Phil and Robin, even on a bad day, he knew just how to make me laugh and smile.
Ron and Jean Reedy
Jun 10, 2019
Our prayers are with all of Phil's family at this time of sadness. Phil certainly was one amazing fine gentleman.. Our hearts are broken but knowing his is at peace and pain free is what we prayed for... Fly high gentle dove.. Until we met again..