William H. McCracken

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William H. McCracken


            William “Bill” Howard McCracken, 84, formerly of 2465 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, went to join the Lord in Heaven on September 6, 2013. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Lorenzo and Elsie Boyer McCracken. The husband of Erla Glatfelter McCracken, they recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.  

            Bill attended J.P. McCaskey High School, and was a Veteran of the Korean War. A retiree of Armstrong World Industries, he worked as a millwright in the linoleum department.  An avid collector, he enjoyed trains and model rail-roading, sharing his hobby with others from the train room at Woodcrest Villa where he resided. Bill was also a member of the woodshop, loved capturing pictures of covered bridges across the country and spending time with his family lakeside in Maine. An active member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, Bill could often be found helping others, transporting residents to appointments, raising the flag, or visiting those in the hospital.

            In addition to his wife Erla, he is survived by his children, son William S. McCracken, husband of Sharon Thompson McCracken, Elizabethtown; and daughter Wendy McCracken Fitts, wife of Charles Fitts, Lancaster. He has four grandchildren, Scott and Paul Fitts, Richard Mease, and Chelsey McCracken. He is preceded in death by siblings, Jerome McCracken, Jean Aument, Katherine Allen, Donald McCracken, and a brother who died early in life.

            A private graveside service will be held Monday. Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.  

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