Clyde R. ‘Bud’ Dengler, 83, Lititz, music educator, orchestra conductor and choral director

By on June 11, 2014

Clyde R. “Bud” Dengler, 83, of 521 W. 2nd Ave., Lititz, died peacefully Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the husband of 53 years to Jane Bloomburg Dengler and the son of Clyde R. Dengler, Sr. and Pauline Waters Dengler.

Bud received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from the University of Pennsylvania and was also certified as a school administrator. He began his teaching career at Garrettford Elementary School in Upper Darby, During this time, he led 14 sixth graders known as the “Little Big Toppers” on a 33-week TV show for CBS in Philadelphia doing commercials for the CBS lineup. After six years, he moved to Drexel Hill Junior High School for three years and then on to Upper Darby High School (from which he had graduated). He then joined the superintendent’s staff as Director of Personnel. Four years later, he became principal of Hillcrest Elementary School, then Garrettford and finally Bywood School, from which he retired after thirty-three years in public school education.

Wanting to return to the classroom, Bud accepted a position on the music faculty at West Chester University. Concurrently, he began a ten-year career teaching music at The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, retiring permanently in 1995. Also concurrently in 1980 Bud began a twenty year career as conductor of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. During his tenure there he planned and conducted more than fifty concerts at the Academy of Music and Verizon Hall.

Once retired, Bud and Jane moved to the eastern shore of Maryland, where he enjoyed boating and continued his music leadership by founding The Chester River Chorale, which grew to over 80 singers during his time there. During these years Bud also served as choir director in a succession of Protestant churches in Delaware County and Chestertown, Md. Bud was most recently a member of the Lititz Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Leslie D., wife of Thomas G. Elicker, Phoenixville; a sonK Keith A., husband of Joy L. Dengler, Avondale; a daughter: Kimberlee A. Dengler, Philadelphia; a brother: Richard L., husband of Wendy G. Dengler, Laurel, Md.; four granddaughters and two step-grandsons.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration Memorial Service of Bud’s life on June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz. A reception will follow at Moravian Manor, 300 W. Lemon St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Moravian Manor Benevolence Fund (300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA, 17543) or Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster (685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA, 17604-4125).

Spacht Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share a fond memory of Bud, post to

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