Clarence J. Echternacht, 83, Denver, Army vet, salesman for Yeager Supply, enjoyed fishing

By on February 25, 2015

Clarence J. Echternacht, 83, of Denver, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at his home.

He was born in Denver to the late George William and Susan Helen (Cooper) Echternacht and was the husband of the late Joan “Joey” (Reider) Echternacht, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage before she passed away in 2012.

He was a veteran who served proudly in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer, traveling to many countries. He was a long-time member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Denver, and was a member of the Ephrata Blue Lodge F&AM 665, and the Order of the Eastern Star #499, Lititz Springs.

Clarence worked as an industrial salesman for Yeager Supply for more than 30 years. He loved traveling and spending time in Delaware, especially when he could go fishing. Clarence made this world a better place with everything he did and was truly a “gentle man” as well as a gentleman with those beautiful blue eyes and contagious smile.

Clarence is survived by two daughters: Susan, wife of Ed Vidzicki of Stevens; and Mary Updike and boyfriend Scott Ford of Denver; five grandchildren: Amber M., wife of Jason Olweiler; Jason R., husband of Kristin Updike; Jennifer M., wife of Steve Martin; Brandon L. Updike and girlfriend Ashley Becker; and Sarah D. Vidzicki; six great-grandchildren: Alexandra Amble, Tiffany Updike, Austin Updike, Alexis Martin, Layten Martin, Kendall Martin, and soon-to-be-born Sky Lee; and a sister: Loraine Steingraber of Denver.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother: Allan “Skip” Echternacht.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Reamstown Church of God, 400 Pfautz Hill Road, Stevens, followed by funeral services, with Pastor Ed Vidzicki officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family, at the Fairview Cemetery, Annex.

Memorial contributions in Clarence’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society- Lancaster County Unit, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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