William T. Sherman, 88, helped grow Royer Pharmacy, Ephrata S.B. member, enjoyed travel, technology

By on November 6, 2019

William T. Sherman, 88, formerly of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 at Landis Homes in Lititz.

He was the husband of Ruth L. (Anspach), with whom he shared 61 years of marriage prior to her passing on Oct. 16, 2012. Bill was born in Shartlesville, son of the late John and Anna Sherman.

He was a 1948 graduate of Newmanstown High School, and graduated from Temple University Pharmacy School in 1952. Bill and his wife raised their four children in Ephrata.

He started working for Royer Pharmacy in Ephrata, in 1954. Through Bill’s leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, Royer Pharmacy expanded from one to five locations. All four of Bill’s children grew up in, and remain a part of, the family business. Bill’s direct involvement in the pharmacy gradually decreased over the years, although he maintained an active pharmacy license.

Bill served on the Ephrata Area School Board, and later gathered and made contributions to the Landis Homes Caring Fund. His many interests included traveling, dining out, playing cards with close friends, photography, classical music, technology in all forms, scientific advancement, cars and motorcycles, current events, following the Phillies and Eagles, and golf cart and scooter rides at Landis Homes.

Bill’s greatest joys came from time spent with his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his intellect, humor, persistence, and positive attitude.

Bill will continue to be deeply missed by his four children: Donald A. Sherman, husband of Donna J., of Ephrata; Robert O. Sherman, husband of Anne L., of Akron; Patricia J., wife of Mark E. Leaman, of Lancaster; and Pamela J., wife of Harold J. Groff, of Ephrata; grandchildren: Kelly (Kyle) Nardella, Amy (Paul) McHenry, Andrew (Tiffany) Leaman, Daniel Leaman, and Eric Sherman; and great-granddaughters: Lillian and Hailee, Claire and Evelyn, and Aubrey and Madison.

In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his brothers: John and Herbert “Hip” Sherman.

Private memorial arrangements will be made at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

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  1. Linda Davis

    November 11, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Donald, Bob, Pat and Pam,
    Iam so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing!! I’ll never forget working for you you all, and your Dad was a great man, and always had a great sense of humor and always had a story or joke to be told !
    Take care all !!
    Linda Finney Davis
    Port St Lucie, Fl

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