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Obituaries > NORTHEIMER, KENNETH K.

Kenneth K. Northeimer, Sr., 90, died on Saturday, September 29 [2007] at the Essa Flory Hospice Center where he was surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Washburn Northeimer, to whom he was married sixty-one years.

He was born on August 13, 1917 in Eagle, Chester County. His father was J. Charles Northeimer and his mother was Sarah Keenen Northeimer. He was the last of a family of four brothers and seven sisters.

As a United States Marine, he fought in the Pacific during World War II. He served for the duration of the war in the First Battalion of Carlson’s Raiders.

He owned and operated his own painting and paperhanging business and later delivered fuel oil for Witmer Company, Inc., Way Oil Company, and Musselman Lumber Company.

In addition to his wife Gloria, he is survived by three children, Doris Craver, fiancée of Willie Cruso, III of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Audrey Karlesky, wife of Joseph Karlesky of Lancaster, and Kenneth K. Northeimer, Jr., husband of Doris Reeder Northeimer of Lancaster. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Laura Craver, Christopher Karlesky, Matthew Karlesky, Joshua Northeimer, husband of Lisa Keim Northeimer, and Kaitlyn Northeimer, by four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler, and Hunter Craver and Tucker Northeimer, and by many nieces and nephews who were part of his loving extended family.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His funeral will be held on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., New Holland, PA 17557 with The Reverend Jeffrey Pretz officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10 to 11 AM. Please note that due to the New Holland Fair, those traveling from Lancaster will need to take Route 23 to New Holland, turn left on Custer Ave, right on W. Conestoga St., Right on N. Railroad Ave. and then left on to E. Main St. to get to the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church (address above) or Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.