Claude G. Young Sr., 88, long-time Rothsville Fire Chief, Ford New Holland retiree, father of five

By on June 15, 2016

Claude G. Young Sr., 88, formerly of Rothsville, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

He was born in Rothsville to the late Helen (Young) Reedy but was raised by his grandparents, the late John G. and Estella B. Young. He was the husband of Ethel M. (Hollinger) Young, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage.

Claude was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Rothsville. He was also a life member of the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company serving for 72 years. He was a Past Fire Chief, and served as Fire Chief for 30 years (1958-1988). He also served as the Fire Prevention Officer for the company for many years. He was a Past President and life member of the Lancaster County Firemen’s Association, a life member of the Keystone State Fire Chief’s Association, and a member of the Lancaster County Fire Chief’s Association.

He was a member of the Rothsville Rabbit Hillers and the Rothsville Bicentennial Committee. He was a member of the Ephrata Lodge No. 665 Free and Accepted Masons for 41 years. He was a member of the Lititz Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Claude was employed in the manufacturing facility for New Holland Machine Co. for 41 years, retiring from Ford New Holland.

In addition to his wife, Claude is survived by four sons: Claude Jr., husband of Gloria Young, of Lititz; Gary, husband of Sharye Young, of Ephrata; Craig, husband of Deborah of Lititz; John, husband of Jody Young of Lititz; a daughter: Linda, wife of Allen Lutz, of Lititz; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Jane Peters and Elizabeth Derby.

A viewing will be held Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz. An additional viewing will be held Saturday, June 18, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the church, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Larry Leister officiating. Interment will take place in the Millport Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Claude’s memory may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1744 Old Rothsville Road, Lititz, PA 17543; Rothsville Fire Company, 1949 Main St., Lititz, PA 17543; or United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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