Gerald L. Snavely69, motorcycled to Alaska

By on July 27, 2011

Gerald Snavely

Gerald L. "Jerry" Snavely, 69, of Lititz, passed away suddenly on July 17, 2011 at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz.

He was born in Denver to the late Lincoln Miles and Viola G. (Wiest) Snavely and was the husband of Dawn E. (Reinhart) Simpson Snavely, to whom he recently wed.

Jerry was an active member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed hunting, traveling and collecting antique John Deere tractors. He also bred and raised alpacas. He was an avid motorcyclist and fulfilled his lifelong ambition in 2009 where he rode to Alaska and back. He also instructed a motorcycle safety program.

Jerry farmed and owned a trucking company with his brother Ben. Then he was the president of Snavely’s Mill Inc. from 1985 until his retirement in 2009. He purchased the mill from L. M. Snavely in 1985 when the mill was destroyed by a fire. Under Jerry’s direction, the mill was rebuilt into what we know it to be today — a thriving modern mill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Douglas E., husband of Donna (Rhinier) Snavely, of Lititz; Daniel L., husband of Lisa (Bomberger) Snavely, of Mill Hall; and David M. Snavely, fiancé of Marie McKee, of Lititz; two stepsons: Branden Lee, husband of Tricia (Demmy) Eckman, of Lancaster; and Bryan Scott, husband of Barbra (Groff) Eckman, of Lancaster; a stepdaughter: Cami Joy, wife of Bryan G. Yurko, of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren: Shannon and Brandon Getz; Codie, Danea, and Carson Snavely; nine step-grandchildren: Colin, Derek, Chase, and Trey Eckman; Madison and Brayden Yurko; Brandon Emery; and Dylan and Ian McKee; two great-grandchildren: Cadence and Miles Getz; two brothers: Brian W., husband of Janis (Koelbl) Snavely, of Lititz; Benjamin Snavely, of Holtwood; and a sister: Brenda Snavely ,of Aurora, Colo.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, July 24 at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren with Pastors Galen Hackman and Rob Eshelman officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or to the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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