David Burkholder, East End Mart owner, evangelist, dies at 90

By on March 28, 2012



David H. Burkholder

David H. Burkholder, age 90, left this earth for heaven praising the Lord after a brief illness.

He was the son of the late Noah N. and Martha Horst Burkholder. He was married to the late Edna Gehman Burkholder. David was born June 3, 1921. They were married 58 years.

David started the DeShopping Van, which consisted of stores on wheels. He then opened Ephrata East End Mart in 1966. This store is still operated by the family. In 1983 after retiring David started a personal Evangelism ministry. He visited retirement and nursing homes, shut-ins, hospitals and jails. He transported people to the doctor or hospital and helped the less fortunate with financial needs. David was a member at Carpenters Community Church in Talmage and Life Gate Church in Elizabethtown. He conducted many funerals, some weddings and was always preaching and teaching about Jesus Christ. David was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in evangelism by PTL Indian Bible College. In his later years he still found the business of the family store interesting and loved to visit the store and visit with the customers.

He is survived by five children, daughter: Rachel G., wife of Rev. Irvin Martin Jr., of Mt. Airy, Md.; son: Paul G., husband of Sandi Marks Burkholder, of Ephrata; daughter: Rhoda G., of Ephrata; daughter: Orpha G., of Ephrata; daughter: Virgie G., wife of Irvin M. Hurst, of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Lena Nolt, of Farmersville; Emma Weaver, of Lititz; and Mary Esch, of Ephrata.

David was predeceased by two sisters: Elizabeth H. Martin and Annie H. Burkholder; and two brothers: Isaac H. and Levi H. Burkholder.

Funeral services were held March 28 at Metzler Mennonite Church, Ephrata. Additional memorial services will be held on April 15 at 6 p.m. at Life Gate Church, 5636 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown.

Kindly omit flowers and consider donations in David’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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