Bruce A. Burkholder, 92, WWII vet, Smithgall’s Pharmacy tech, Civil War aficionado, Warriors fan

By on August 22, 2018

Bruce A. Burkholder, 92, longtime resident of Lititz, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Luther Acres.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Arville and Esther (Witmer) Burkholder. He was the loving husband of Ruth (Diehm) Burkholder, who passed away in 1998.

He graduated from JP McCaskey High school and later attended F&M College. Bruce proudly served in the U.S. Army as a medic during World War ll.

Bruce worked as a pharmacy technician for over 50 years for Smithgall’s Pharmacy in Lancaster. He was a Civil War aficionado and loved anything that was involved in the war. He visited a lot of the major battlefields and was a member of the Friends of Gettysburg organization and had been a member of the Lititz Jaycees. He was a Lititz football and Philadelphia Phillies baseball fan and loved big band music.

He was a lifelong member of the Lititz Moravian Church where he volunteered for the lovefeast services, and was a part of the prayer chain.

He is survived by a daughter, Julie Mars, wife of Richard of Glenmoore; three grandchildren: Melaney Holtz, wife of Dennis; Jill Sullivan; and Peter Burkholder, husband of Brittney; eight great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law: Cynthia Burkholder, wife of the late Thomas S. Burkholder; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Lois Young.

Funeral services were held Aug. 18 at Lititz Moravian Church. Private interment was held in Lititz Moravian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Caring Fund at Luthercare, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543; or Lititz Moravian Church Archives, 8 Church Square, Lititz PA 17543.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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