Eugene Rodney Gockley, 84, Army vet, Bethlehem Steel retiree, volunteer, historian, artisan

By on March 14, 2018

Eugene “Gene” Rodney Gockley, 84, passed away March 12, 2018, in Ephrata, surrounded by his loving family at home after a short battle with mesothelioma.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Fletcher Gockley.

Born Aug. 5, 1933, Gene served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1955, where he trained as a ski instructor in Colorado Springs. He began his career with Bethlehem Steel at Grace Mines in Morgantown, then transferred to Bethlehem’s headquarters. He also spent time in Sierra Leone, Africa, where he mined titanium for the company. He retired after 32 years with Bethlehem Steel.

Gene was a Master Mason of Lodge No. 665 of Ephrata and a Scottish Rite in the Valley of Reading. He enjoyed preserving history as an avid volunteer and board member for Historical Society of Cocalico Valley; a member of Ephrata Cloister Associates, and Historic Poole Forge.

Gene was an artisan and took great pride in creating unique and hand-painted fish for friends, family, and fundraisers. He was also talented at woodworking, photography, and landscaping, filling his own home and lawn with one-of-a-kind creations.

Gene is survived by his wife: Shirley Fletcher Gockley of Ephrata; daughters: Sheila Redcay, wife of Mervin Redcay of Fredericksburg; Sylvia Larson, wife of William Larson of Palmyra; and Lisa Gockley of Ephrata; grandchildren: Adam Redcay, husband of Amanda Redcay of Wrightsville; Marty Redcay, husband of Carrie Redcay of Winchester, Va.; Lucy Deren, wife of Philip Deren of Lancaster; Julie Warlow, wife of Travis Warlow of Hummelstown; Natalie Fried, wife of Damien Fried of Palmyra; Chelsea Larson, fiancé of Pat Olsen of Harrisburg; Jenna Larson of Palmyra; Davis Green of Lancaster; and Gillian Green of Ephrata; and nine great-grandchildren: Elliott, Max, Abigail, Emerson, Willah, Beatrix, Amelia, Macy, and Maren.

He is preceded in death by his daughter: Eugenia Beth Gockley Green, wife of Richard Green, York; and grandson: James Redcay.

As requested by the family, there will be no public service, instead a celebration of life at a later date for friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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  1. Dee Stoudt

    March 23, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    A true gentleman and Renaissance Man ! Service to Country, his dear Wife and life partner and his family .

    May he Rest In Peace !

    “ well done good and faithful servant “ – unknown

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