Howard D. Seiple93, WWII veteran, Armstrong retiree

By on January 11, 2012

Howard Donald Seiple passed from this life into the next as he slept in his favorite lounge chair at Luther Acres in Lititz Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

Born July 4, 1918 in Atglen, Mr. Seiple was in his 93rd year. He was the son of the late David Shaub Seiple and Bertha Loretta (Barr) Seiple. He is preceded in death by his wife, Leta (Zander) Seiple.

Howard was a lifetime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, where he volunteered as an usher and mail helper until his death. Mr. Seiple was a World War II veteran, serving in the National Guard. Part of his assignment was to guard the city of New York from the roof of their tallest buildings from possible air attacks. Howard retired from Armstrong World Industries after 43 years of service.

Mr. Seiple is survived by two sons: William, husband of Frances Seiple, of New Holland, and John David, husband of Melanie Seiple, of Mount Joy; four grandchildren: Tara S. Emig, Jason E., Daniel S. and Nathan M. Seiple; and a brother: Kenneth E. Seiple.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Seiple is predeceased by three sisters: Pearl M., Esther Mae and June Louise Seiple.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Gundel Funeral Home, 415 N. Duke St., Lancaster, with Rev. Anne Marshall officiating. Interment will follow the service at Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 20 E. Clay Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

The Gundel Funeral Home Inc. is assisting the family with arrangements. For additional information or to send a condolence, call 393-1776 or visit

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