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Harry Leroy Trostle, 91, of York Springs, PA passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Forest Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle, PA. He was born June 22, 1926 in York Springs to the late Harry E. and Ethel (Coulson) Trostle. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years, Mildred I. (Miller) Trostle. He is survived by daughter, Mitzi Lee Trostle of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Marie Trostle of York Springs; many nieces and nephews; his beloved cat, Nicholas: and former son-in-law, Michael H. Dodson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Harry was a member of the York Springs United Methodist Church and formerly the Chestnut Grove Lutheran Church in Latimore.
Harry was a woodworker for H.C. Gulden Mfg. Co., where he built furniture. A master craftsman of the old school tradition, some of his work is located in the White House, Governor’s Mansions across the nation, and Blair House in Washington, D.C. He served two tours in the U. S. Army during the Korean war and was an excellent bugler, performing with the Army Band and playing at veterans’ funerals. Mr. Trostle was known as a true helper around his hometown and he could repair anything, sometimes with parts left over. He served on his church’s Board of Trustees for many years. No matter how long his workday, he always found time to fix a newly-widowed homeowner's furnace in January at 3 a.m., to help a neighbor get his mower started or his porch rebuilt, or to help a long-ago school mate, now one of Adams County’s primary orchard-owners, haul load after load of apples to the market. Toasters, microwaves, televisions, automobiles, vacuum cleaners, etc., were no match for this mechanical genius. He was always on hand to help at the local fireman’s carnival or the Apple Harvest Festival. And his cooking was second-to-none. Years ahead of his time, he did housework and laundry just as quickly as yard work and did more diapering and hair braiding than most men of his time added together. Along with his wife of 59 years, he fiercely taught his daughter compassion, equanamity, a love of justice, and how to be an anti-racist and a hater of war.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Foundation of America: www.ptsdusa.org . Visit www.hollingerfuneralhome.com for condolences to the family.
Harry Trostle was one of the finest men I have ever known. Good natured, a great sense of humor, honorable and dedicated to his family. He served his country and his community and never asked for or sought recognition for either. His quiet strength defined him. It was an honor to know Harry and Mildred. The fabric of humanity is worn a bit thinner with their passings. My condolences to Mitzi and the family and friends who will surely miss Harry. Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson May 12 2018 12:00 AM