John Elvin ‘Elvie’ Pfautz, 81, Ephrata Sports Hall of Famer, Pepperidge Farm employee, family man

By on July 20, 2016

John Elvin “Elvie” Pfautz, 81, of New Holland, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Select Specialty Hospital, Harrisburg.

Born in Ephrata, John was the son of the late Paul and Lulu Carles Pfautz. He was the husband of Barbara “Bobbi” Dynesko Pfautz, with whom he celebrated 48 years of marriage.

John was a graduate of Ephrata High School Class of 1952. In 2003, John was inducted in the Ephrata Mountaineer Hall of Fame. From 1948 to 1952 he played baseball, football, and basketball. He was selected to the All Star Team in three sports. For three years, he led the Mounts basketball team in scoring. In 1952 he was the MVP of the East West All Star Baseball Game. He was named as one of Ephrata’s “Greatest Athletes of the Century.” He was drafted by the New York Yankees and played minor league baseball for three years.

He was employed for over 30 years, in the accounting and purchasing departments of Pepperidge Farm. After his retirement, he was employed by New Holland Ford. John was a member of the Coatesville Country Club and Galen Hall Golf Course. He loved working in his yard, and on his house; and of course, his schnauzers. They were a great source of comfort for him. Most of all, he loved and cared for his wife, Bobbi. He loved his kids more than they knew. He lived loving people.

In addition to his wife Bobbi, John is survived by three daughters: Peg Pfautz of Ft Myers, Fla.; Kandie Esterl (John) of Downingtown; and Patti Echoff (Ron) of Narvon; grandchildren: Casey Smith, Megan Echoff, Kellie Caldwell, and Jacob Echoff; and great-grandchildren: Anthony Smith, Andrew Smith, and Camden Caldwell. He is also survived by a brother: Barry (Patti) of New Holland; and a sister: Judy Myers (Jim Martzall) of Ephrata; and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dog, Chloe.

John is predeceased by a son: John Christian Pfautz; and a brother: Eugene; and his dog: Mandi.

Services were held July 18 at Beck Funeral Home, New Holland. Interment will be private.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Hershey Medical Center and Select Specialty of Harrisburg for their care and their compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s honor may be made to the Humane League Fund at Lancaster Community Foundation, 24 W. King St., Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17603. The family is looking into starting a John Pfautz athletic scholarship at Ephrata High School.

To share online condolences, visit Wentz Funeral Home, New Holland, had charge of the arrangements.

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