Jacob Gockley, 86, WWII vet, turnpike supervisor

By on November 30, 2011

Jacob M. Gockley, 86, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy.

Born in Rothsville, he was the son of the late Aaron and Mamie (Miller) Gockley and was the husband of the late Mabel (Ketler) Gockley.

Jacob was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed fishing, traveling in his motor home and was an avid Eagles fan. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant combat engineer and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the European African Middle Eastern service medal and five Bronze Stars.

Jacob retired as a supervisor from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Surviving are two sons: Michael A., husband of Leigh (Pfautz) Gockley, of Lititz; and Larry, husband of Judy Gockley, of Lufkin, Texas; daughter, Deb A., wife of Randy Connor, of Columbia; stepson: Thomas A. Gaul, of Lititz; and nine grandchildren: Todd Frederick; Jason Frederick; Jon, husband of Katrina Frederick; Morgan Gockley; Claire Gockley; Michelle Gaul; Tom Gaul Jr.; Tracey Winter; and John Gockley.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson: Robert R. Gaul; his sister: Dorothy Myers; and his brother: Samuel Gockley.

A funeral service was held on Nov. 28 at the Stradling Funeral Home, Ephrata. Burial took place in the Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Jacob’s memory may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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