Richard Ebersole, 94, formerly of Akron, accountant at Miller Hess, active in community

By on November 19, 2014

Richard Ebersole, 94, a resident of Landis Homes for 10 years, passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

Formerly from Akron, he was the husband of the late Geraldine Hummel Ebersole for 46 years before she passed away in 1987.

Born in Sterling, Ill., he was the son of the late Lester and Mamie (Martin) Ebersole. He was a member of Monterey/Forest Hills Mennonite Church since 1950 serving many years as a Sunday School teacher and a treasurer.

Richard started as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Chicago before going into civilian public service, Mennonite Central Committee, Warren’s Shoes in Ephrata and then 34 years as accountant at Miller Hess Shoe factory in Akron. He received his business administration degree from F & M College after attending night school for 12 years.

His community involvement included Philhaven, coordinator of French and Russian exchange visits, National Association of Accountants, Brook Lane Psychiatric Hospital, Fulton Bank Board, Akron Borough, Ephrata Hospital Board, and Cloister Associates.

He is survived by two daughters: Karen, wife of Paul H. Eckert, Ephrata; and Janice, wife of Robert Shantz, Kitchener, Ontario; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister: Irma Bowman of Landis Homes; plus a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother: Myron; and a granddaughter: Lauren.

Following a private burial at the Akron Mennonite church, the Memorial service was held Nov. 18 in the West Community Chapel at Landis Homes.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA 17540 or Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Special thanks to Landis Homes and hospice for loving care and support.

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

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