Obituary - Allen E. Ertel

Allen E. Ertel, 79, of Montoursville, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Allen was the husband of Catharine B. Klepper Ertel, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

Allen was born on Nov. 7, 1936, in Williamsport and was the son of the late Clarence V. and Helen K. Froehner Ertel. As a child, he played in the First Little League World Series in 1947; became an Eagle Scout; and lettered in basketball, baseball and football before graduating from Montoursville High School in 1954.

Allen graduated from Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering in 1958 and Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1959, and from Yale Law School in 1965. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1962 achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He clerked for Chief Judge Caleb M. Wright of the Federal District Court of Delaware from 1965 to 1966 and served as the Lycoming County district attorney from 1967 to 1977. During that time, he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972.

In 1976, Allen was elected as a Democrat to the 95th Congress and was re-elected to the 96th and 97th Congresses. He chose not to stand for reelection, instead mounting ultimately unsuccessful campaigns for Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1982 and for the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in 1984, before returning to practicing law in Williamsport.

Between 1983 and 1984, he was a visiting professor of political science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg and served as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984.

In 1988, Allen and his partners - including his son, Taylor - started RegScan, Inc., a corporation focused on streamlining regulatory and compliance functions. Allen also was a partner in Firetree, Ltd., an organization he helped found, which helps individuals re-entering society following incarceration as well as those recovering from substance abuse.

Allen was a member of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church and a member of Warrensville area Lions Club. As a lifelong advocate for the history of Williamsport, he served on the board of Preservation Williamsport. Allen and his partners also founded Firetree Place, which is dedicated to sustaining the future of Williamsport.

Allen is survived by his wife; a son, Edward B. "Ned" Ertel (Jennifer Squires), the CEO of RegScan Inc., of Washington D.C.; a daughter, Amy S. Ertel (Peter Went), the vice president of Firetree Ltd., of Jersey City, N.J.; two sisters, Donna (Thomas) Spitler, of Wooster, Ohio, and Carmen Parks, of Wilkes-Barre; and by his five grandchildren, Alexander, Edison and Elaina Ertel, and Abraham and Sara Went. He was predeceased by a son, Taylor J. Ertel.

Allen's memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, with the Rev Dr. John Piper Jr. and the Rev. A. Elizabeth Aurand officiating. Family will receive friends following the memorial service.

In Allen's memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Taylor J. Ertel Foster Child Scholarship Fund, care of the First Community Foundation, 330 Pine St., Williamsport, PA, 17701 or to Preservation Williamsport, 960 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA, 17701.

Funeral arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home Inc. of Montoursville.