Kenneth C. Fassnacht92, New Holland supervisor

By on May 23, 2012

Kenneth C. Fassnacht, 92, of Lancaster, formerly of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Brethren Village.

He was the husband of Ruth E. (Corl) Fassnacht. His first wife, Grace J. (Keiper) Fassnacht, passed away in 1992; they were married on June 14, 1941.

Kenneth was born on Dec. 9, 1919 in Ephrata, son of the late Paul and Minnie (Adams) Fassnacht.

He was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, where he was a choir member and former evangelism chairman, and was formerly a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. After graduating from Milton Hershey Industrial School in 1937, Kenneth was employed for seven years at the Animal Trap Factory in Lititz as an electrician helper. He then worked for W.W. Moyer Co. in Ephrata for one year as a maintenance worker and then New Holland Machine Co. as an electrician and maintenance man for four years. Kenneth then transferred to New Holland’s Lancaster plant as a supervisor where he worked for 13 years. In 1966 he moved to Grand Island, Neb., where he worked as a maintenance supervisor for Sperry New Holland until his retirement in 1982. Kenneth and his wife lived in Grand Island until 1988 when they returned to Ephrata. While in Ephrata he worked at the Doctor’s Press until 1992. He had been a resident and volunteer at Brethren Village since 1993.

In addition to his wife Ruth, Kenneth is survived by two daughters: Sharon L., wife of Richard Gertler, of Raton, N.M.; and Cynthia A., wife of Timothy Ziller, of Graham, N.C.; three sons: Dennis L., husband of Susan Fassnacht, of Yorba Linda, Calif.; Gerald P., husband of Margene Fassnacht, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and James B. Fassnacht, of Tempe, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three step children: LaVerne Good, of Ephrata; Betty L., wife of John "Jack" Breidenstine, of Hummelstown, and Ellis D., husband of Judy Wenger, of Ephrata; seven step-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, Grace, and parents, Kenneth was predeceased by five brothers: Robert, Richard, Raymond, Cloyd and Bernard and a sister: Irene.

Memorial services will be held at the chapel at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, on May 25 at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon for those attending will follow at Brethren Village. Interment will be private.

Services are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata.

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