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Old 12-22-2016, 08:03 AM   #1
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December 20, 2016

George W. Koelsch, Jr., 82, of Brethren Village Retirement Community, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at LGH. Born November 11, 1934, in Clarks Summit, PA, he was the son of the late George W., Sr. and Margaret (Hughes) Koelsch.
He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy R. (Houck) Koelsch with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 10.
George was a 1952 graduate of Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, PA. He later went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College in 1970. George was employed by Superior Walls of America as their Accountant and Controller, retiring in 1999. Prior to his employment with Super Walls of America, George was an accountant within the hotel industry for 17 years, and owned the business “Shoes ‘N Things” in Lititz. After retirement, George continued to do income tax returns for H&R Block for 27 years.
George was a Charter and active member of Highland Presbyterian Church. He was also on the Board of Elders at Highland and enjoyed playing softball on the Highland team in the early years.
He was on the Board of Directors of Transitional Living Center (TLC). He was a member of the Brethren Village Residents Counsel, Lancaster Judge of Elections, a Senior Advisory Council for Representative Stephen Mentzer, Lititz Retailers Association, Lititz ABC, Lancaster Red Cross, and was a proud Eagle Scout.
George was a faithful husband and father, mentor, businessman, who enjoyed staying active and traveling in their RV with his wife Peggy. They slept in every state in the continental US with their RV and enjoyed visiting every presidential site. He loved watching Sunday night football, Kölsch beer, airplanes, his German heritage, and playing the Mountain Dulcimer.
In addition to his wife, George is survived by four children: Richard, husband of Debby (Mohr) of Millersville, Dr. Patti Stoudt, wife of Paul of Bloomsburg, Chuck Koelsch, husband of Dr. Jamie (Fetty) of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Jim Koelsch, husband of Lisa (Penrod) of Lititz; four sisters, Elizabeth Ann Walker of Lancaster, Marjorie Crystle of Lancaster, Carol Shank, wife of Jim of Lancaster, and Nancy Nefsky, wife of Dave of Sacramento, CA. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Abbie Thompson, wife of Jefferey, Chris Koelsch, husband of Kendra (Weaver), Matt, Nathan, and Heidi Stoudt, Jennifer Koelsch, wife of Jay Hackett, Courtney, Corissa, and Caitlyn Koelsch and 3 great-grandchildren, Anna Thompson, Jaycie and Ethan Koelsch.
A Memorial Service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Friday, December 23, 2016, at 11AM with The Rev. Dr. Roger Rabey officiating. Family will greet friends from 10-11AM prior to the service. Burial will be in Highland’s Memorial Garden following the service. Memorial Contributions may be made in George’s memory to Highland Presbyterian Church c/o Steeple Fund or to TLC Tabor Community Services or PO Box 1676
Lancaster, PA 17608-1676

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Old 12-22-2016, 08:57 AM   #2
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Sad news.

I met George at an iRV2 rally in Bellefonte, PA in 2009. George was instantly like by all, along with his wife, Peggy. We kept in touch for a few years after the rally via George's occasional newsletter.

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Old 12-22-2016, 12:29 PM   #3
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Dave & I send our sincere condolences & sympathy to Peggy, Rick & Deb & family.

We first met George & Peggy & Rick & Deb at the 2005 iRV2 Rally in Lancaster. George & Peggy were parked beside us. It was our 1st rally & they made us feel so welcome. We also enjoyed reading of their many adventures in Harvey & Toby. George will surely be missed.

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Sending my sincere condolences to Peggy, Rick and family....

Attended several Mid Atlantic outings and at least one National with the Koelsch family and always enjoyed their company.


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Sorry to hear of George's passing.
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Sorry to hear Rick, met him also at PA. RALLY good times and travels with good friends R.I.P. my friend.

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