Kenneth C. Book, 76, DuPont design engineer, innovator, enjoyed camping, gardening

By on January 23, 2019

Kenneth C. Book, 76, formerly of Strasburg, passed away at his Luther Acres cottage surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Born in Lancaster to the late John H. and Bertha (Landis) Book, Ken grew up on the Book family pickle farm where Lampeter-Strasburg Schools Campus is today.

Sweethearts for 60 years, Ken and his wife Dorothy “Dottie” L. (Strubel) Book celebrated 57 years of marriage.

A 1960 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Ken earned an associate’s degree in electrical engineering at Penn State University, York Campus. He was a design engineer and lead innovator for DuPont in Newark, Del., which included some international travel. Following retirement from DuPont, Ken continued doing consulting work until 2000.

Ken was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg, where he held every position on the board and taught the original Alpha classes as well as Disciple I, II & III. Ken also taught Alpha classes at Lancaster County Prison for three years. For the past year Ken and Dottie attended Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz.

He planted and maintained many beautiful flower beds and designed and built an amazing water garden at their Strasburg home. Ken was always positive, laid back and a caring father who dearly loved his family.

He and Dottie loved to travel in their RV to the National Parks and spend winters in Sarasota, Fla. The family spent great times at Pettecote Junction Campground in Cedar Run along Pine Creek, where they rode bicycles on the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, fished for trout, enjoyed campfires and all types of music.

In addition to his sweetheart, Dottie; Ken is survived by their daughter: Michele, wife of Scott Ruhl of Washington Boro; son: K. Stephen Book, husband of Paige of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren: Chelsea Small; Matt Ruhl, husband of Rachel; and Sam and Hannah Book; and his sister: Bernice, wife of Donald Duvall of Sellersville.

Ken was preceded in death by his sister: The Rev. Dorothy M. Book; and his brother: Robert Book, husband of Melinda of Millville

Ken’s family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a celebration of Ken’s life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg. Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send online condolences, visit Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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