Eveler, Clark E.
FELTON Clark Emanuel Eveler, of E. Hopewell Township, died Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at York Hospital
after a lengthy illness.
He was the husband of Olga (Shaull) Eveler to whom he was married 64 years. The couple was married at St. James Lutheran Church in Brogue on December 11, 1943.
Mr. Eveler was born March 9, 1921,
a son of the late Emanuel and Elizabeth B. (Heininger) Eveler at their farm " on Laurel Road in
Chanceford Township, York County.
Mr. Eveler attended the former St. James one room public school in Chanceford Township,
having completed all eight grades."
As a youth he was employed as a farm laborer
by Harry Bacon and Sterl and Mary Wise.
Prior to entry into the military,
he worked at the Pichanuk window blind factory in Dallastown and later at the Red Lion Cabinet Factory and Ebert Furniture Company in Red Lion.
Mr. Eveler served in the United States armed forces
during World War II as a Private First Class
in Company C, 39th Infantry Army of the United States.
He was inducted into the service October 26, 1942,
and trained at Camp Wheeler, Ga.
He arrived in Casablanca, Morocco, on his 22nd birthday, March 9, 1943.
He participated in the battle action against Field Marshall Rommel's forces at El Guidar, North Africa, and for 12 days at Sedjenine, Tunisia, under command of
General George Patton. "
He paraded before Britain's King George VI at Oran, Algeria. He left Africa on July 14, 1943,
and participated in the Sicilian Campaign.
Clark lost his right arm " in battle at Troina, Sicily,
on August 2, 1943.
After being injured, he was visited by General Patton.
He spent several months in military hospitals including Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.,
where he was visited by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt."
He was decorated with the Purple Heart,
and the Sliver Star
among other honors. He was a member of the Red Lion post
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Red Lion American Legion.
Following marriage and discharge from the armed forces,
he worked as a milkman
for the former Warner's Dairy in Red Lion until 1948.
He delivered milk, in charge of the Delta Route
and later, the Red Lion Route.
In 1947 Clark and Olga purchased their farm in E. Hopewell Township.
His farming enterprise involved eggs, beef, cattle, hogs,
and crops. A promoter of farmland preservation,
the Eveler farm was one the first to be preserved in the York County Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association
and the Young Farmers Group of South Eastern School District. He also served as a member of the South Eastern School District School Board
and East Hopewell Township planning commission.
Mr. Eveler was a life member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brogue.
He was former treasurer of the church, a member of the church council, and taught adult Sunday school for many years.
Clark was an avid 500-card player, attending public card parties at the Springfield Sportsman's Club.
He was also a lifelong baseball fan, having played prior to his military service.
Clark was well known for his friendly, gregarious personality,
always able to talk to anyone.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Eveler is survived by four children, Robert C. and wife, Paulette of Airville,
Kay L. Konkel and husband, Norbert of York,
Dan A. and wife, Catherine of Red Lion,
and Amy M. Squire and husband, George of West Chester;
five grandchildren, James R. Eveler of Spring Grove,
Amanda E. Eveler of York,
Richard K. Konkel of York,
Joseph A. Eveler of Fredericksburg, Va.,
and Katie N. Eveler of Red Lion;
one sister, Fern E. Shanbarger of Felton;
numerous nieces and nephews;
and caregivers, Debra Smith and Christy Edlund.
He was preceded in death by three brothers,
and Morris D. Eveler;
and two sisters, Rebecca E. Swartz
and Alverta A. Trout.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2008,
at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, with his pastor, the Rev. Guy C. Carter, officiating. Burial will be in St. James Lutheran Cemetery
with full military honors provided by the York County Veterans Honor Guard.
Life Tributes by Olewiler and Heffner Funeral Chapel
and Crematory Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion,
is in charge arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James Evangelical Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, PA 17309.
Rev. Guy C. Carter,
St. James Evangelical Church,