Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 16, 2017

By on August 16, 2017

Charles R. “Chuck” Coates, 81, of Gap, passed away at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, on Aug. 13. He was a member of Bellevue Presbyterian Church of Gap. In the past he worked for Sperry New Holland as a maintenance supervisor, Baldwin Electric and NAPA Auto Parts of Gap. Chuck was a life member of the Gap Fire Co. for more than 65 years, where he held various positions including assistant chief, and was also a member of the fire police. The family would like to thank the staff at Fairmount Homes for the excellent care he received.

Earl Hersh Eckman Jr., 67, of Leola, passed away at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy, on Aug. 8. Earl first worked for Ephrata Area Rehab Services and then for the Occupational Development Center. He had also attended The Worship Center. Vegetable gardening was his enjoyment. Earl had participated in a RC airplane club, he has traveled to several parts of the U.S., he was a Betty Boop fanatic, and he loved his parakeets, Tom and Jerry. A brother, Donald Eckman, husband of Anna, lives in Stevens. His brother, Marvin Eckman, husband of Brenda, lives in Akron.

Donald L. Fenstermaker, 69, of Lancaster passed away Aug. 6. He was an avid Eagles fan, and enjoyed NASCAR and watching World Wresting Entertainment. His daughter, Pam Rosser, wife of Steve, lives in Ephrata.

June H. Kroplesky, 78, of Lancaster, formerly of Reading, died July 28. At one time June was the caretaker at Lancaster Cemetery and in later years was employed by Hartman, Underhill, and Brubaker Attorneys as a messenger. She had a fond love of horses, the outdoors and the seashore. Her brother, Larry Millard, lives in Ephrata.

Daniel J. Martin, 98, of Landis Homes, Litiz, formerly of Strasburg, passed away Aug. 5. Daniel was a dairy farmer who loved to share stories and loved having children around. He served in Civilian Public Service in Grottoes, Va., in 1941. After retirement, he continued farm work with Glenn Good, enjoyed gardening, and raising African violets. He also volunteered at the Re-Uzit Store in New Holland. He was an active member of Hershey Mennonite Church. His grandson, Jeff Faulds, husband of Karen (Ruth); and granddaughter, Sharon (Faulds), wife of Stephen Smeltz, reside in Ephrata.

Jean E. R. Ressel, a.k.a. “Aunt Jean,” 98, formerly of Quarryville, entered into rest at the Masonic Village on Aug. 4. Her goddaughter, Jodi Seifert, lives in Ephrata.

Larry P. Taylor, 76, of Lancaster, passed away at home Aug. 1. After graduating from high school, Larry joined the Navy working as a cryptographer, retiring after 25 years of service. He continued to work as a cryptographer for many years following. Larry was a people person and enjoyed helping people, was kind, and compassionate and was a true leader. Larry was an amazing grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Andrew. His sister, Brenda Gerhart, lives in Denver.

Robert W. Wagner, 51, of Lititz, passed away after a six-month battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma, on Aug. 10, at Ephrata Community Hospital. He worked for the Frey Lutz Corp. for the past 30 years, retiring as vice president. Bob was a devoted husband and father, and was very proud of his sons and what they accomplished. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family at their cabin in Three Springs. A son, Brandon M. Wagner, lives in Ephrata.

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