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John H. Kadel

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 26, 2020 @ 8:29 am In Obituaries | 9 Comments


John H. Kadel, 98, of Lititz, passed away on June 22, 2020 at Landis Homes. He was the loving husband of and is survived by Louise Mary (DelleMonache) Kadel to whom he was married for 72 years. A Lancaster native, he was the son of the late Henry and Mabel (Schlough) Kadel and was the brother of the late Catherine Nestel. He graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1939 and The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania in 1952 with an A. B. Degree in Economics. He was employed by Armstrong World Industries for 28 years and Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation for 4 years filling numerous “Controller” positions. He was Vice President and Controller of Woodstream Corporation in Lititz from 1975 until retiring in 1989. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941 and later transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve for flight training. He earned his Navy Wings of Gold was designated a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, FL on March 6, 1945, and subsequently flew Torpedo and Dive Bombers. He was fortunate enough to have US Marine Corp Lt. Ted Williams as his flight instructor who he had admired as a professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox.  He separated from the Service on September 21, 1946.

He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Lodge 43 F & AM, the Scottish Rite Valley of Lancaster and the Valley of Harrisburg. He was active in the Institute of Management Accountants and served as President of the Lancaster Chapter in 1965-66. He was also a National Director in that organization for 2 years. He was active for many years in the Wheatland Tennis Club, was an avid squash player and a member of The Hamilton Club.  He enjoyed golf, boating, waterskiing, bike riding and ping pong.  He was also involved in many swimming activities and collected numerous gold and silver medals in the Lancaster Senior Games in swimming.  He assisted in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for 10 years. He was a member of the General Municipal Authority of Manheim Township.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert K. of Lambertville, NJ., a daughter, Patricia Kadel Maurer, wife of Mark Maurer of Lancaster.  A son Ronald R. of Ukiah, CA, husband of the deceased Deborah D. (Tripp) Kadel, predeceased him. 

 He had 4 grandchildren, Mallory M. (Pelland) Stanko, wife of Robert W. Stanko, David H. Pelland, husband of Christine Sindall, Jennifer L. (Kadel) Sabo, wife of Eric Sabo and Allison L. Kadel.   He was the proud Great Grandfather to two great granddaughters.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

Condolences for the family of “John H. Kadel”

Condolence from Bill Murry on June 28th, 2020 9:15 am

Our condolences to your family. A father who protected and served his family, country and community. God Bless

Condolence from Jane Pelland on June 28th, 2020 10:57 am

I send my heartfelt sympathy and will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Janice Herchelroath on June 28th, 2020 3:15 pm

Our sincere condolences to all your family from the Board of Deacons at Highland Presbyterian Church. We shall have you in our thoughts and prayers, knowing that God’s love and comfort will guide you forward. His Blessings to all.

Condolence from Bill Conway on June 28th, 2020 8:09 pm

Mallory- sorry to hear this news. Grandpas are great, especially for grandkids. He did lead an impressive life.

Condolence from Ann Leonard on June 29th, 2020 6:42 am

Your father led a truly impressive life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Phil Sandmann on June 29th, 2020 9:51 am

I was so sorry to hear this – my deepest sympathies. He was a great man who I will always remember.

Condolence from Fred Bloom, Wheatland Tennis Club on June 29th, 2020 10:17 am

The Wheatland Tennis Club send its condolences to the family of Hank Kadel. He was a member for a long time and was a true gentleman.

We were sad to see him retire from tennis a few years ago..

Condolence from Delphine Heimer on July 6th, 2020 8:03 am

Hank and Louise were such good friends to my mother Mary Jane Myers when she lived at Landis Homes.
They played bridge together and Hank would make pancakes for breakfast and invite mother.

Mother is now gone 6 years as of yesterday, but up until the end Hank and Louise would come over to the Ephrata House and see her from time to time.

Hank was an amazing person and when mother passed he wrote me a letter which I read at her memorial service.
To live to be 98 is quite a feat.
Delphine Myers Heimer

Condolence from Rev, Ann Osborne on July 8th, 2020 4:34 pm

My sincere condolences and prayers are with Louise and Hank’s family.it was my privilege and honor to support him over the past many years as he is a very faithful member of Highland Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Dr. Ann Osborne
Minister of Congregational Care
Highland Presbyterian Church

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