Ralph D. “Pete” Coffroth Jr., Armstrong retiree, vet
Ralph D. "Pete" Coffroth Jr., 84, of Leola, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at his residence.
He was born in Gap to the late Ralph and Hannah A. (Smoker) Coffroth and was the husband of Vada (Rodgers) Coffroth with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.
Pete was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Brownstown. He worked for Armstrong World Industries for 35 years before he retired in 1989. Pete served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Cloister Post 429, and a member of the Camp Overlook Hunting Club, Tioga County. Pete especially enjoyed spending time with his family, enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and was a Phillies fan. A dog lover, he loved his best buddy Ben.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son: Steven C. Coffroth of Leola; a daughter: Cynthia C., wife of Chester Bushong of Lancaster; two grandchildren: Christina Dixon and Jeremy Mozeliak; one great granddaughter; four great grandsons; a brother: Vernon E., husband of Eileen Coffroth of Wakefield; and a sister: Betty C., wife of James Bell of Lancaster.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Ethel Sellers DiCarlo and Nancy L. Coffroth; and a grandson: Chase Patrick Bushong.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. 9th Street, Akron. An additional viewing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11 N. Church Street, Brownstown, followed by his funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Harry Kaufold officiating. Interment will take place in the Brownstown Cemetery. Military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veteran’s Honor Guard
If desired, memorial contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, formerly Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 .
Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.