Burnell E. Kreider

Burnell E. Kreider, 82, formerly of Paradise Township, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2018, after a battle with chronic Parkinson’s. He was the husband of Loretta (Bauman) Kreider for over 57 years.

Burnie was a graduate of the former East Lampeter Township High School, class of 1954. He served in the US Army and received an Honorable Discharge in 1964.

He worked as an oil distributor and equipment operator for McMinn’s Asphalt for 23 years, then worked with Ellsworth “Bud” Good as a house carpenter. Burnie retired from Wohlsen Construction after 26 years. He started with Wohlsen as an apprentice Carpenter and eventually became Road Superintendent in Southeast Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware.

He was a member of Lancaster Church of the Brethren.

Burnie was a member in good standing of Christiana Lodge #417, F.& A.M. and served as treasurer of the lodge for over 10 years. He was a member of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Reading Consistory A.A.S.R., Rajah Shrine, the Lancaster Shrine Club, the Brandywine Shrine Club and the Legion of Honor Shrine Club and the International Shrine Hillbilly Club, Clan #9. He was actively involved in the Paradise Lions Club and a life member of the Ephrata American Legion.

Burnie belonged to the “Iva Camp” hunting camp for many years and was a life member of the Strasburg Sportsman’s Association. He was a Golden Eagle member of the National Rifle Association. He was a proud member of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge and served as Camaxtli of the Q-Club.

Burnie was highly engaged in helping the Shrine. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time at the cabin, hunting and cheering on his grandchildren at sporting events.

Born in Lancaster, Burnie was the son of the late Elam Arthur and Edna Leigh (Gochenaur) Kreider. In addition to Loretta, he is survived by four daughters, Tanya L. (Doug) Long, Tia S. (Michael) Truitt, Tina J. (Michael) Maerz and Tara Y. Kreider; a son, Troy D. (Joann) Kreider ; his grandchildren, Nicholas Kreider, Kaylee Kreider, Alex Truitt (Kristi), David Truitt (Mollie), Tyler Maerz, Gabbi Beakes (Jason), Alina K. Allgyer and Gabe Allgyer; and his great-grandchildren, Gavin, Ryleigh, Savanna, Jackson and Stella; and a sister, E. Joanne Kreider.

The visitation will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9:00 until 11:00 AM in the Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601. The Masonic funeral service by the Christiana Lodge #417, F.&A.M. begins at 11:00 AM followed by A Celebration of Burnell’s Life with the Reverend Jeffrey B. Rill officiating. Inurnment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of Burnell E. Kreider to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or Grane Hospice in York County, 3501 Concord Rd, York, PA 17402.

3 thoughts on “Burnell E. Kreider

  1. We are sorry to hear of Burnie’s passing. We are seasonal neighbors on Dam Run Road , we have heard many nice things about him, but only met him once.
    Our prayers are with you, his family, at this sad time.


  2. With deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts are with you all. Your father and husband was a dear friend to my parents. I will never forget all the stories Mom would share with me after weekends with the Shriners. Burnie was such a kind hearted gentleman. I will miss him. He was always nothing but sunshine. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.


  3. A beautiful ray of light has left us to join the many bright stars above. I got to know Burnie more with working the Circus and a few other events. I have missed seeing him around. He always would put a smile on your face with his silliness. I don’t have all the stories that many have but the brief moments of time here and there were enough for me to call him my friend because he brought laughter into my life every time he was around. I can only imagine the loss for your family when he had such an impact on someone that was not around him often. It says a lot for Burnie. I am sure that many others feel the same way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bring you comfort and strength.


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