Vernon S. Showalter, 85, carpenter, fire co. cook

By on October 9, 2013

Vernon S. Showalter, 85, of Denver, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, at his home.

He was born in Reinholds to the late Lee and Katie (Seltzer) Showalter and was the husband of the late Edith R. Showalter, whom he shared 60 years of marriage before her passing August of this year.

Vernon was a member of Swamp Lutheran Church, Reinholds, where he was involved in the kitchen committee. He enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking and fishing. He cooked for both Reinholds and Denver fire companies.

During his working years, Vernon was carpenter for E.F. Martzall and Buckwalter Construction, later retiring from Kalas Manufacturing.

Vernon is survived by four sons: Timothy, husband of Christine Showalter of Ephrata; Thomas, husband of Bonnie Showalter of Reinholds; Lee, husband of Jodi Showalter of Ephrata; David, husband of Barb Showalter of Denver; seven grandchildren: Ian, Elise and Tisha Showalter, Abbey Showalter, Chad Showalter, Matthew and Eric Showalter; five great-grandchildren: Beckett and Delaney Showalter, Kyrie Kachel, Kenzie Stopper, and Emma Showalter; three sisters: Mildred Blaszuk of Terre Hill; Alverta Showalter of Ephrata and Julia, wife of Harold Crills of Reinholds.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Clair, Ernest, Ammon and Calvin Showalter and a sister: Katie Moyer.

A funeral was held Oct. 4 at the Swamp Lutheran Church, Reinholds, with Rev. Dennis Trout officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Vernon’s memory may be made to Swamp Lutheran Church 275 Swamp Church Road, Reinholds, PA 17567.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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