Rev. E. Earl Trauger, 88, WWII vet, director of family camps

By on December 5, 2013

The Reverend E. Earl Trauger, 88, of Stevens, died early Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Krout) Trauger, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage.

Born in Perkasie, Bucks County, he was the youngest of five children of Norman D. and Della N. (Werst) Trauger.

Earl found the Lord as Savior and his future wife Ruth at Highland Park Campmeeting, and also at Highland was where he first felt the call to ministry. He continued his service with Highland as a board member, former president, and youth director. He also served as director of family camps of Golden Lake United Church Camp, Ontario, Canada, for several years.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII in India and China. He was a member of the crash crew with 381 Air Service Group. Upon his return to the States, he learned carpentry and built their first home.

Earl graduated from Albright College in 1956 and then from Temple University School of Theology in 1959 with Master in Divinity.

He was appointed to Trinity E.U.B. Church, Schuylkill Haven, in 1954, and in 1962 to Calvary E.U.B./United Methodist Church, Wyomissing for 12 years. From 1974 until 1990, he served the three-church “Trevorton Area U.M. Parish.” Throughout his pastorates, Earl served on various conference boards and agencies.

Earl and Ruth served the United Methodist Church of Churchtown, Narvon, from 1990 through 2004, completing 50 years of ministry together.

He was also involved in community affairs including Schuylkill Haven Council of Churches, Wyomissing and Berks County Scout Committees, Trevorton Fire Co., Ambulance and also the Trevorton Library.

Earl also was a good father and grandfather to his children. He enjoyed maintaining their home in Reamstown and occasionally enjoyed golfing, hunting, camping, and, in Canada, some fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his sons: Robert, married to Cheryl Trauger, Cumming, Ga.; Stephen, married to Angela Trauger, Stroudsburg; Timothy, married to Penny Trauger, Chesterfield, Va.; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren and two sisters: Ruth Hunsberger and Marion Landis.

His funeral was held Dec. 1 at the Churchtown United Methodist Church, Narvon. Burial was in South Perkasie Evangelical Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, memorials may be sent to Highland Park Campmeeting Association, c/o Kelly Rapp, 13 Maron Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440.

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