Harold William Wert 87, Lititz resident, Horst Group, enjoyed the outdoors

By on April 10, 2013

Harold William Wert, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Landis Homes, Lititz.

He was the loving husband of Mary F. Hepner Wert of Lititz for over 66 years. Born and raised in McAlisterville, he was the son of the late Michael W. and Alma G. Lauver Wert.

He will be lovingly missed by his wife: Mary; and his children: Jeanne M. Witmer, East Petersburg; Janice E., wife of Ernest Miller, Elizabethtown; H. Thomas Wert, husband of Grace, Manheim; Stephen L. Wert, husband of Kathy, Mount Joy; and John D. Stahl-Wert, husband of Milonica, Pittsburgh; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Orpha, wife of J. Lloyd Gingrich, Richfield; Alene Yoder, Greenwood, Del.; Gladys, wife of Jesse Yoder, Dover, Del.; Freda Zehr, Greenwood, Del.; Alma Jean, wife of Harvey Yoder, Harrisonburg, Va.; J. Lloyd Wert, husband of Beverly, Gap; and Ruth Ann, wife of Allan Shirk, Neffsville. Preceding him in death is a son-in-law: Dale E. Witmer.

In 1943, Harold graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Va. Following their marriage, he and Mary moved to Lancaster. Harold was employed many years as a milkman for the former Queen Dairy, Lancaster. He then owned and operated a franchise of Archway Cookies and later worked for Horst Group in construction until his retirement.

Harold loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and spending time in the mountains. He was part owner of "Bushy Bungalow" cabin in Galeton, taking his family on wonderful vacations and going hunting there. He later enjoyed building a log cabin with a friend in Richfield and spent many weekends there with his family and friends. These weekends always included his preparation and serving of his famous chicken barbecue.

Harold was a master craftsman in all areas of his life. He built furniture, re-tiled bathrooms, laid carpets, put on new roofs and did all engine and body work possible on his cars. He loved working with his hands and any job that needed doing he accomplished well.

He loved singing and music. He was a member at Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim and participated as a song leader there and in other churches throughout his life.

Relatives and friends attended his funeral service April 8 at the Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Those desiring may send contributions in Harold’s memory to Landis Homes Caring Fund, Development Office, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543. To send the family on-line condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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