Marlin I. Kreider, 94, Sperry NH metallurgy engineer, avid volunteer, liked square dancing

By on March 21, 2018

Marlin I. Kreider, 94, formerly of Ephrata, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Luther Acres, Lititz.

Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Peter and Elsie Kreider. He was the loving husband of the late Jean Kreider, who died in January 2016. They were married 71 years.

Marlin is survived by three children: Janis, wife of Martin Swartz, of Lititz; Barry, husband of Gloria, of Ephrata; Sherry, wife of Brian Gilchrest of Lancaster, Ky.; seven grandchildren: John and Jeffrey Swartz; Tania Kreider; Andrew, Eric and Adam Gilchrest; and Emily (Gilchrest) Jones; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter: Patricia; and two brothers: Paul and Melvin.

Marlin retired from the metals lab at Sperry New Holland. He had become a licensed professional engineer in metallurgy, an achievement he earned taking correspondence courses through Penn State. He was always eager to learn and achieve and was well respected by his peers.

Marlin was a long time member of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Ephrata where he was active in Sunday School, ushering, and church council. He volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels, with Lutheran Social Services as a tax preparer, and as a member of the Ephrata Lions Club. One of Marlin and Jean’s favorite pastimes was square dancing.

Once he retired, Marlin and his wife remained very active developing a farmette on their property. They raised many vegetables, cared for numerous fruit trees, and enjoyed sharing their produce with family and friends. As a man of faith, Marlin generously shared his love and humor.

Funeral services officiated by the Rev. Karen Minnich-Sadler will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata, on Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m. Marlin’s family will receive friends before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Place of interment will be Lincoln Cemetery, Apple St. in Ephrata, after which the family invites you to join them for lunch at Holy Trinity.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522; or to the caring fund at Luther Acres, 600 St. Luke Drive, Lititz, PA 17543.

Services are under the care of Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata. To send an online condolence, visit

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