Elam S. Burkholder, 78, Ephrata, produce farmer, attended Valley View Mennonite

By on July 15, 2015

Elam S. Burkholder, 78, of Ephrata, passed away Friday, July 10, 2015, at Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in West Earl Towship, to the late Jacob H. and Emma (Sensenig) Burkholder and was the husband of Fern W. (Burkholder) Burkholder, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Elam was a member of Valley View Mennonite Church, Stevens (Schoeneck). He was a self-employed produce farmer.

In addition to his wife, Elam is survived by 10 children: Grace Ann, wife of John A. Lehman, of Cambridge Springs; Nelson Lee, husband of Marcela Islas Burkholder, of Ephrata; Mervin Roy, husband of Brenda Miller Burkholder, of Amherst, Va.; Wilmer Jay, husband of Almeta Zimmerman Burkholder, of Stevens; Glen Lamar, husband of Judy Auker Burkholder, of Stevens; Leon Ray, husband of Bertha Zimmerman Burkholder, of Hillsville, Va.; Martha Jean, wife of Conrad Martin, of Rebersburg; Durrel Lyn, husband of Christine Martin Burkholder, of New Holland; Sylvia Faye, wife of Harold Case, of Bethel; Gerald Ryan Burkholder at home; 32 grandchildren; and three sisters: Maggie, wife of John Horst, of Goodville; Anna S. Burkholder of Ephrata; and Mary S. Burkholder of Myerstown.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Dwayne Snyder; three grandchildren; four brothers: Eli, Titus, Jacob, and Ivan; and two sisters: Eva Shirk and Emma Burkholder.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, July 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Valley View Mennonite Church, 194 Gockley Road, Stevens (Schoeneck). Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m., at the church, with Bishops Harold Good and Wilmer Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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