Walter E. Binner, 92, was highly decorated WWII and Korean War veteran

By on January 8, 2014

Walter Elias Binner

Walter Elias Binner

Walter Elias Binner, 92, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Strausstown to the late Harvey and Mabel (Hollenbach) Binner and was the husband of the late Margarete D. (Hellman) Binner.

Walter was a career military man who spent 21 years serving his country in the U.S. Army and an additional 15 years in the Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1975. He was a veteran of both WWII (European Campaign) and the Korean War. He was an active member of the Ephrata VFW Post #3376. During WWII, Walter was a First Sergeant-First Army, 3712 Quartermaster Truck Combat Service Company. His military commendations are many, including a Purple Heart, numerous Good Army Conduct Medals, numerous Combat Stars, D-Day Commemorative Medal, Victory in Europe Commemorative Medal, Korean Service Medal with Combat Star of Valor. During his WWII service, Walter landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was part of liberating Buchenwald Concentration Camp on April 9, 1945. He was an avid sports fan of Penn State football, a season ticket holder for over 10 years, he also enjoyed Philadelphia Phillies baseball.

Walter is survived by a son: Christopher Thomas, husband of Laura Binner of Wayne; a son-in-law: Michael Hoover of Leola; four grandchildren: Gregory and Jeffrey Binner, Jessica Yeingst and Ryan Hoover. Walter comes from a family of 13 siblings and is survived by a sister: Jean (Binner) Haag and brothers: Richard, Carl and Joseph Binner.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mabel Dora (Binner) Hoover.

A funeral was held Jan. 4 at the Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church, Brownstown, with Pastors Keith Miller and Bruce Willier officiating. Private interment took place at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors accorded.

Memorial contributions in Walter’s memory may be made to Ephrata Area Social Services, Meals On Wheels Program, 227 North State St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

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

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