Gerald L. Book, 77, truck driver, Hershey Bears season ticket holder, enjoyed family time

By on January 10, 2018

Gerald L. Book, 77, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Leola to the late William and Pauline (Buckwalter) Book, and was the husband of the late Brenda L. (Butler) Book, who passed away in 2004.

Gerald was a truck driver. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also loved watching car racing and was a season ticket holder for the Hershey Bears for 25 years.

Gerald is survived by four children: Brian L. Book; Michele A., wife of Wayne Homsher; Michael S., husband of Roxanne Book; Debra A., wife of Troy Paulin; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother: Raymond, husband of Janice Book; sister: Carol Shenk; and a sister-in-law: Nancy Zahn.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: William Book.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Gerald gave the gift of life through organ donation.

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

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