Willard R. Shope, 88, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. Born Wednesday, March 1, 1933, in Blacklog, PA, he was the son of the late William C. and Mary Edna (Gilliland) Shope. He was married to Jane M. (Bard) Shope on July 2, 1955 until her death on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
He is survived by three children: Roger K. Shope, of St. Louis, MO, Rhonda K. Shope, of Cleona, and Russell K. Shope, married to Tina (Walters), of Middletown. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Alex White, of Middletown, Sabrina Walters, of Middletown, Shaquan Shope, of Cleona and three great grandchildren: Anthony White, of Harrisburg, Kahliel White and Jayden White, both of Middletown; a sister, Marian Goshorn, married to Jerry, of Blacklog, as well as Willard’s extended family and caring friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Myers; a brother, Dale Shope and Willard’s twin brother, William Shope.
Willard was an active member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Middletown. He retired from Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, after 31 years of faithful service. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
A time of visitation with the family will be held from 5:30-6:30 PM on Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Sell Chapel at Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. The visitation will conclude with Masonic Services accorded by the Abraham C. Treichler Lodge #682 F&AM, Elizabethtown, at 6:30 PM. A Graveside Service will be held at Noon on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Shope Cemetery, Orbisonia, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022, 717-367-1543.
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