Gerald L. Kochel, 85, Army vet, Kerr Glass retiree, YMBL charter member, coin collector, Phils fan

By on November 15, 2017

Gerald “Jerry” L. Kochel, 85, of Lititz, passed away on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Landis Homes.

He was born in Ephrata on Oct. 23, 1932, to the late Harold and Lillian C. (Christiansen) Kochel, and was the husband of Sandra Adams.

He was a member of Lititz United Methodist Church for many years. Jerry was a life-long coin collector and a member of Red Rose Coin Club, Lebanon Valley Coin Club, American Numismatic Association, Central States Numismatic Association, Florida United Numismatists, and PAN-Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists.

He was an avid baseball fan, cheering for the Phillies (his favorite team).

He was a lifetime member of the Lititz VFW and Lititz Legion, a charter member and treasurer of the Young Men’s Business League (Lititz) and a member of the Lancaster Liederkranz, Lancaster AmVets, and Ephrata Elks Lodge 1933.

Jerry was a proud United States military veteran, serving in the Army and National Guard for over 20 years. He retired from Kerr Glass after 40 years of service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son: Jere Kochel, husband of Diane; a granddaughter: Amy Kochel; and three stepchildren; Sherri Forry, wife of Jeff; Jeff Adams, husband of Karyn; Steven Adams, husband of Erica; and five step-grandchildren; Brant Forry, LeAnne Adams, Jared Adams, Emma Adams, and Max Adams.

Jerry’s wife, Sandra, would like to extend her heartfelt love and gratitude to the loving care that the Landis Homes healthcare staff gave to Jerry the last couple of years.

The memorial service will be held at Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, on Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon, with The Rev. Jerry M. McGrath officiating. A visitation with Jerry’s family will be held at Spacht-Snyder on Thursday from 11 a.m. to the time of service.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Fort Indiantown Gap with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 706 Rothsville Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send the family online condolences, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, assisted Jerry’s family with the arrangements.

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