William D. Coldren Jr., 73, farmer, High retiree, restored, collected antique tractors, Mason

By on June 21, 2017

William “Bill” D. Coldren Jr., 73, of Denver, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017, at Lancashire Hall in Lancaster, where he was a resident for the past 18 months.

He was born in Denver to William and Lottie (Showalter) Coldren, and was married to Sandra I. (Bingaman) Coldren for 53 years.

Bill was a 1963 graduate of Ephrata High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Even though he was a carpenter by trade, retiring from High Construction in 2009, farming was his first love. He owned and operated a 24-acre farm in Denver for about 20 years and enjoyed weekly trips to New Holland Sales Stables, Leesport Farmers Market, and The Green Dragon. One of his hobbies was restoring and collecting antique tractors.

For several years, Bill was a volunteer fireman with Denver Fire Company, where he founded the Junior Firemen Group. He belonged to many local organizations, including the Lebanon Antique Tractor Club, Lancaster Firemen’s Association, Denver Fair Committee (beef show chair), Ephrata Area Young Farmers, and Slumbering Groundhog Lodge of Quarryville.

His proudest accomplishments include becoming a 33rd degree Mason, the highest honorary Masonic degree given (2006); becoming Worshipful Master of F & AM Lodge No. 665 in Ephrata (1982); and Potentate of Rajah Shrine (2009).

He was a member of the following related clubs: Scottish Rite, Rajah Gun Club, Rajah Anglers, Shayk’s Court, Lehigh Shrine Club, Upper Dauphin Shrine Club, Lebanon Shrine Club, Past President of Rajah Shrine Club, Rajah Shrine Past Masters Club, Lancaster County Oriental Shrine Band, Rajah Golf Club, Rajah Motor Corps, York County Shrine Club, Schuylkill Shrine Club, Lancaster County Shrine Club, York Rite Body of Lancaster, Commandry No. 13, Royal Arch Chapter No. 43, Goodwill Council No. 19, Tall Cedars of Lebanon No. 27, president of Rajah Past President Club, Zembo Shrine Past President’s Club, Q Club, Apato 63, PA State Shrine Association, Past Masters Mid Atlantic Shrine Association, and Lancaster Lodge of Perfection T.P.M.

Bill is survived by his wife: Sandra I. Coldren, Denver; a son: William D. Coldren III of Akron; and a daughter: Lori S. Coldren and her fiancé Jeff Eichenseer, of Reinholds.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Nancy Eshelman and Ethel Stoner.

Services were held June 16 at Bethany United Church of Christ, Ephrata. Interment was private.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to all of Bill’s caretakers at Lancashire Hall and Compassus Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children (Philadelphia), at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate; or Alzheimer’s Association (Greater Pennsylvania Chapter), at alz.org/donate.

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

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