Edward Harry Nace, 92, of Hanover, PA, entered the gates of Heaven, Thursday, December 31, 2020 at The Brethren Home, New Oxford, PA.
Born September 7, 1928, in Hanover, PA, he was the son of the late Oscar F. and Iva M. (Kessler) Nace. Ed was the loving husband of the late Pearl R. (Fuhrman) Nace who died February 21, 2018 and with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.
Ed was a lifelong member of Black Rock Church of the Brethren, Glenville, PA. He was a past board member of the church and a committee member, served on the Board of Trustees at Elizabethtown College, was a foundation board member of The Brethren Home, served as a former building committee member of the Hanover Area Council of Churches, served on the Manheim Township Zoning and Hearing Board for numerous years, and was a member of the Authority Board which oversaw the building of the Emory H. Markle Intermediate School in the South Western School District.
Ed was a carpenter and the owner of Edward H. Nace Restoration Company for 40 years until his retirement.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, telling stories, singing hymns, building miniature replicas of his family farm and other historic buildings from the Hanover area, and making numerous pieces of furniture for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ed also made and donated several wooden pieces to fundraisers benefitting the Children’s Aid Society, Camp Eder, the Black Rock Church of the Brethren’s youth group, and other non-profit organizations.
Edward is survived by his children, Pearl D. Gebhart and husband Gerald of East Berlin, PA, Bradley G. Nace of Hanover, PA, Timothy A. Nace and wife Susan of Upland, IN, Dorothy L. Johnson and husband WesLee of Dillsburg, PA; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Anna May Ruhlman, Shirley L. Fuhrman, and Darlene M. Becker, all of Hanover, PA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Nace; a son, Edward H. Nace, Jr.; a son-in-law, Thomas Walker; and a great-grandson, Thomas (Tommy) Walker.
Due to COVID-19, funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Black Rock Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Glenville, PA. The service can be viewed live on the Kenworthy Funeral Home website at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. A recording of the service will also be available to view online for those who cannot livestream the 11:00 AM service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Edward’s name to the Outreach Fund of the Black Rock Church of the Brethren, 3864 Glenville Road, Glenville, PA 17329.
The Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 269 Frederick Street, Hanover, PA has been entrusted by the family with the funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.kenworthyfh.com.
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