J. Harlan Groff, 93, farmer, Longenecker’s Hardware retiree, a godly man, could fix anything

By on December 28, 2016

J. Harlan Groff, 93, a godly husband and father, formerly of Rapho Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Pleasant View Retirement Community, where he was a resident.

He was the husband of the late Ruth E. (Poff) Groff, who died in 2001. Born in Rothsville, he was the son of the late Christian W. and Ella (Redcay) Groff.

In his earlier years he was a self-employed farmer; but spent most of his working years in the paint department at Longenecker’s Hardware Store in Manheim, retiring in 2008 after 38 years of service. A man who truly loved The Lord, Harlan was a member of East Fairview Church of the Brethren, Manheim, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and on various church commissions. He was also instrumental in establishing and serving with the Wednesday night Youth Club for community children. Along with his wife, he served as a deacon for many years and 2000 they were named Deacon Emeritus for their years of dedicated service. Harlan also volunteered with the Bowery Mission and the Dauphin County Prison Ministry, and he also served with a variety of disaster relief projects. He enjoyed visiting the Jersey Shore, gardening, antiquing, and was good at fixing almost anything.

Surviving are two sons: Glenn H., husband of Gerry Groff, Lititz; Larry E., husband of Rhonda, Manheim; a daughter: Kathy R., wife of Denny Geib, Manheim; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Richard Groff, Lancaster; Russell, husband of Jane Groff, Ephrata; two sisters: Arlene Martin, New Holland; Mary Ann Groff, Lititz; and a loving friend: Ella Mae Ibach, Lititz.

Services were held Dec. 27 at East Fairview Church of the Brethren, Manheim. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

If desired, contributions in Harlan’s memory may be sent to East Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1187 Fairview Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. was entrusted with the arrangements.

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