John R. Ebersole, 79, partner in Speedwell Construction, enjoyed public auctions

By on December 3, 2014

John R. Ebersole, 79, of Manheim, went home to be with his Savior, surrounded by his loving family Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy after suffering a stroke two weeks prior.

Born in South Londonderry Township, he was the son of the late Lester and Martha Reigle Ebersole. He was the husband of Dolores G. Myer Ebersole. They celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 6.

John was a member of Crossroads Community Fellowship in Lititz. In his younger years, he served two years in 1W Service at Ann Arbor Hospital in Michigan. John formed John R. Ebersole, Inc. in 1963 and later Ebersole Equipment, both in Manheim. He most recently was a partner of Speedwell Construction until his retirement in 2000.

John’s enterprising spirit led him into many ventures in life. He was an avid outdoorsman who spent time in the mountains and at the shore where he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Time spent with his family was special to John. He enjoyed his many large family gatherings and going to sporting events to watch his grandchildren. After retiring you could find John at public auctions and coin sales. Most recently John found joy in his garden. He, along with his wife, sold produce at their roadside stand to many people in the Manheim area.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children: Carole, wife of Dean Ziegler, of Lititz; Keith, husband of Robin Balmer Ebersole, of Manheim; Christine, wife of Gary Myer, of Manheim; Karen, wife of Brian Wagner, of Lititz; Audrey, wife of Dennis Hosler, of Manheim; and Andrea, wife of Kurt Kline, of Lititz; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings: Eugene R., husband of Jeanette Ebersole, of Pequea; and Alma R., wife of Ernest Reisinger, of Manheim.

He was preceded in death by a grandson: Kyle Wagner; and three siblings: Arlene Campbell, Warren Ebersole, and Ralph Ebersole.

Services were held Dec. 1 at Crossroads Community Fellowship, Lititz, with Pastor Kyle D. Buckwalter officiating. Interment was in Graybill Brethren Cemetery, Lititz.

The family requests that flowers please be omitted. If desired, contributions may be made in his memory to Crossroads Community Fellowship or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

The family thanks the staff at LGH and Hospice for the care and kindness that was shown to John and our entire family.

William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services, Manheim, handled the arrangements. To watch a webcast of the service, or to offer condolences to the family, visit

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