Harold B. Kreider85, owner of Kreiders’ Mum Farm

By on June 24, 2011

Harold B. Kreider

Harold B. Kreider, 85, of Lititz, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 19, 2011 at the United Zion Retirement Community.

Born in Willow Street, he was the son of the late Eli and Laura Weaver Kreider. He was the loving husband of Esther Garman Kreider, and they observed their 63rd wedding anniversary in November 2010.

A lifelong farmer, Harold and Esther started growing mums in 1953 and developed Kreiders’ Mum Farm located near Lititz. He was known for growing new varieties and colors of mums throughout his career.

Harold was a faithful and active member of the White Oak Church of the Brethren in Manheim, where he taught Sunday school. He had a passion and love for music, and he enjoyed playing the fiddle and singing in various music groups. He enjoyed oil painting. Throughout his life, he was a true entrepreneur and was not afraid to venture out and try new things.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son: Larry H., husband of LaVerne Heller Kreider, of Lititz; a daughter: Linda K., wife of John Miller, of Lititz; nine grandchildren: Katrina, Charita, Joshua, Leticia, Chad, Anita, Kate, Roselyn and Derek; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Lloyd and James Kreider, both of Lancaster; four sisters: Evelyn Martin, of Lititz; June, wife of Jay Garber; and Mary Gehman, all of Lancaster; and Francis, wife of Earl Martin, of Milton.

He was one of 14 brothers and sisters and was preceded in death by Robert, Nelson, Roy, Dorothy, Esther, Ruthie and David.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service at the White Oak Church of the Brethren, 1211 N. Penryn Road in Manheim, June 24 at 10 a.m. with ministers J. Marvin Shenk and James F. Myer officiating. There will be a viewing at the church on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with additional viewing on Friday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in Graybill’s Brethren Cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or those desiring may send contributions in Harold’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home Inc. in Manheim handled the arrangements.