Norman S. Carles, 86, Army vet, Hoffman Industries supervisor, Ephrata Legion member

By on February 4, 2015

Norman S. Carles, 86, of Wyomissing, formerly of Newmanstown, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon.

He was the husband of Marian L. (Bennetch) Carles who died June 8, 2007. Born in East Earl Township, on Oct. 4, 1928, he was the son of the late George W. S. and Ruth (Smith) Carles.

He was a 1946 graduate of Wilson High School where he played on the district’s first football team in 1945. Norman later attended the former Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute completing studies in metallurgy.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was employed as a building supervisor at Hoffman Industries Inc., Sinking Spring, from March 7, 1950, until his retirement on Jan. 30, 1992. Norman later worked part-time for Royer’s Flowers and Gifts, Lebanon.

He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, and a former member of Millcreek Lutheran Church, Newmanstown. An avid golfer, Norman was a member of Ephrata American Legion Post 429 and a former member and past secretary of the Rehrersburg Lions Club.

He is survived by his first wife: Elizabeth C. (Eiler) Kunkleman, of Wyomissing; daughters: Amy R., wife of Kenneth Noecker, of Bernville; Mary C., wife of Craig Day, of Bernville; sons: George E. Carles, of Bernville, and Amandon J., husband of Karen Carles, of Leesport; grandchildren: Sarah, Arthur, Daniel, Martha, David, Zachery, Noah, and Jacob; nine great-grandchildren; a sister: Ruth Gehman, of Denver; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Services were held Feb. 3 at Millcreek Lutheran Church, Newmanstown. Interment was at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center Hospice, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.

Grose Funeral Home, Myerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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