Long-time Rothsville fire chief remembered

By on June 22, 2016
Sam Young (center) accepts the flag that adorned his father’s casket.

Sam Young (center) accepts the flag that adorned his father’s casket.

Claude Young laid to rest in Leola

Friends, family and fellow firefighters gathered on June 18 at Lititz United Methodist Church to bid farewell to Claude Young.

Claude was married to his wife, Ethel, for 70 years. His relationship with the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company was even lengthier — he was a volunteer for 72 years.

He served as fire chief for 30 of those years, from 1958 to 1988. He also served as the fire prevention officer for the company for many years. He was a past president and life member of the Lancaster County Firemen’s Association, a life member of the Keystone State Fire Chief’s Association, and a member of the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association.

He did all this while working full time. Claude was employed in the manufacturing facility for New Holland Machine Company for 41 years, and retired from Ford New Holland. He also offered his talents and time serving on the Rothsville Bicentennial Committee.

Claude’s life celebration was officiated by Pastor Larry Leister. Leister’s address was entitled “A Faithful Servant. The Rev. Karen Bongard read the scripture. Sharing and reflection was led by Chaplain Ethan Levengood of United Zion Retirement Community, the place where Claude spent his final years.

Members of the Young family offered personal messages, and shared memories of Claude’s life and legacy.

Several hymns were sung during the service, including “The Old Rugged Cross,” In the Garden,” and “Victory in Jesus.”

A procession of local firetrucks escorted Claude Young’s casket to Millport Mennonite Cemetery in Leola, where he was interred.

A procession of local firetrucks escorted Claude Young’s casket to Millport Mennonite Cemetery in Leola, where he was interred.

A procession of firetrucks carried Claude’s body to Millport Mennonite Cemetery in Leola, where he was interred.

Young is survived by his wife, Ethel; five children: Sam (Claude Jr.), Gary, Craig, John, and Linda; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Claude’s family encourages those who wish to honor his memory to make a contribution to the Rothsville Fire Company, 1949 Main St., Lititz, PA 17543. Online condolences can be offered at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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