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Earl W. Kenepp

New Holland, Pennsylvania

March 15, 1933 - June 25, 2024

Earl W. Kenepp Obituary

Earl W. Kenepp, 91, of New Holland, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, as a resident of Garden Spot Village.


Born in McVeytown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Ethel Moist Kenepp. He was the loving husband of the late Janet B. (Pelurie) Kenepp who died in 2023. They were married 62 years.


Earl graduated from McVeytown Oliver High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University (1959) and a Master of Science in Education from Temple University (1966). He was a member of the Millersville Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa since 1977. Earl served as an SP4 in the US Army Signal Corp for a tour of duty in Korea (1953-55).


A life-long teacher and mentor, Earl began his teaching career in 1960 at Chief Logan High School in Lewistown, PA. He taught at Garden Spot High School for several years after he and Janet moved to New Holland in 1962. He served as president of the teacher organizations at Chief Logan and Garden Spot High Schools. The majority of Earl’s teaching career was spent at Conestoga Valley High School where he taught Biology from 1969-1993. After his retirement, he remained connected with the Conestoga Valley school system as a substitute teacher and ran the Star Lab program for some of the elementary schools. He loved teaching and particularly enjoyed introducing students to the ecological systems of streams and ponds. Earl spent many summers as a tour guide at the former New Holland Machine Company.


Earl also led a life of service. He was an active member of St. Stephen’s Reformed Church in New Holland where he taught Sunday School and was involved in Junior and Senior High groups. He was an elder in the church and served on Consistory for 13 years including as vice president and president. He was on the board of the Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center where he was board president for four years. He served on Earl Township Sewer Authority from 1996-2021. Earl was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons.


Earl was a kind, friendly, and caring man who loved people. He had a boundless sense of curiosity, particularly about the natural world. Earl and Janet were excellent birders and traveled locally and internationally on birding trips. He was skilled at woodworking and he and Janet spent many years together creating a lovely home and garden.


He is survived by his children, son Gregory and his wife Elizabeth and daughter Lori and her partner Jim; and a brother, Paul Kenepp. He was preceded in death by sisters, Jeanne Kenepp and Audrey Morgan, and by brothers, Donald Kenepp and Rev. Harold Kenepp.


A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 2 pm at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA with Chaplain Chet Yoder officiating. Interment was held private at St. Stephen’s Reformed Church Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Earl’s memory to Lancaster Conservancy or Hospice and Community Care. See links below to donate.


Beck Funeral Home in New Holland is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.





To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Earl W. Kenepp hosted by Beck Funeral Home, Inc..

Earl W. Kenepp, 91, of New Holland, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, as a resident of Garden Spot Village.


Born in McVeytown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Ethel Moist Kenepp. He was the loving husband of the late Janet B. (Pelurie) Kenepp who died in 2023. They were married 62 years.


Earl graduated from McVeytown Oliver High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University (1959) and a Master of Science in Education from Temple University (1966). He was a member of the Millersville Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa since 1977. Earl served as an SP4 in the US Army Signal Corp for a tour of duty in Korea (1953-55).


A life-long teacher and mentor, Earl began his teaching career in 1960 at Chief Logan High School in Lewistown, PA. He taught at Garden Spot High School for several years after he and Janet moved to New Holland in 1962. He served as president of the teacher organizations at Chief Logan and Garden Spot High Schools. The majority of Earl’s teaching career was spent at Conestoga Valley High School where he taught Biology from 1969-1993. After his retirement, he remained connected with the Conestoga Valley school system as a substitute teacher and ran the Star Lab program for some of the elementary schools. He loved teaching and particularly enjoyed introducing students to the ecological systems of streams and ponds. Earl spent many summers as a tour guide at the former New Holland Machine Company.


Earl also led a life of service. He was an active member of St. Stephen’s Reformed Church in New Holland where he taught Sunday School and was involved in Junior and Senior High groups. He was an elder in the church and served on Consistory for 13 years including as vice president and president. He was on the board of the Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center where he was board president for four years. He served on Earl Township Sewer Authority from 1996-2021. Earl was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons.


Earl was a kind, friendly, and caring man who loved people. He had a boundless sense of curiosity, particularly about the natural world. Earl and Janet were excellent birders and traveled locally and internationally on birding trips. He was skilled at woodworking and he and Janet spent many years together creating a lovely home and garden.


He is survived by his children, son Gregory and his wife Elizabeth and daughter Lori and her partner Jim; and a brother, Paul Kenepp. He was preceded in death by sisters, Jeanne Kenepp and Audrey Morgan, and by brothers, Donald Kenepp and Rev. Harold Kenepp.


A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 8 at 2 pm at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA with Chaplain Chet Yoder officiating. Interment was held private at St. Stephen’s Reformed Church Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Earl’s memory to Lancaster Conservancy or Hospice and Community Care. See links below to donate.


Beck Funeral Home in New Holland is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.





To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Earl W. Kenepp hosted by Beck Funeral Home, Inc..

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