Herbert K. Kraybill89, WWII veteran, helped establish Four Diamonds, chaired Lititz Rec building drive in 1960

By on April 4, 2012

Herbert Kready Kraybill, 89, of Lititz, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 with his wife by his side. His death was due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born in Lancaster April 24, 1922, he was the son of Amos Lehman Kraybill and Mabel Kready Kraybill.

He was a lifelong and active member of Salem United Church of Christ (UCC), Rohrerstown. He attended Lancaster city schools and was graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy in 1940. While attending Penn State, he was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity, freshman president of the Christian Association and played varsity tennis.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, holding the rank of ensign as a naval aviator.

After returning to Penn State, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1947. He was employed by Pennwoven Inc. in Lock Haven and New York City and served as district manager for Ohio National Life Insurance Company in Lancaster.

From 1962 to 1973, he served as associate director of the United Way of Lancaster County. He was director of development at Hershey Medical Center until his retirement in 1987. While at Hershey, he was instrumental in helping the Millard family establish the Four Diamonds Fund and worked with Penn State students on their annual dance marathon.

After moving to Lititz in 1955, he was a member of the American Business Clubs, a volunteer ambulance driver and served as chairman of the community center building fund drive in 1960.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Nancy Mast Kraybill; son: Stephen, husband of Bonnie Barker Kraybill, of Leola; son: Douglas, husband of Barb Lemishko Bellitto Kraybill, of New Holland; daughter: Nancy Sabb, of Elizabethtown; daughter: Katherine, wife of William Szydlo, of Northfield, Minn.; and the following grandchildren: Ben, Jaime, Zak, Jasmine, Dashia and Andre Kraybill; Michael Sabb, Daniel, Caleb and Eli Szydlo; Charles and Christina Bellitto; and Angelo Matthews.

Herb was predeceased by his parents and siblings: Edward, Elizabeth Preston and Wilbur.

A memorial service will be held at Salem UCC, Rohrerstown, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, April 14 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Salem UCC, Rohrerstown, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603; the Four Diamonds Fund, Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033; or the United Way of Lancaster County, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601.

The Kraybill family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Acres Manor for the loving care Herb received the past two years.

Herb loved his family, his church, his friends, playing tennis and helping the community. Rest in peace good and faithful servant.

For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit kasnyderfuneralhome.com.

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