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Edward B. Carskadon, II, 74

July 30, 2017

Edward B. Carskadon, II, 74, passed away at his Manheim Twp. home on Sunday, July 30, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Champaign, IL, he was the son of the late Edwin B. and Gretchen Shumaker Carskadon. Edward and his wife Vicki Gobrecht Carskadon have been together for 11 years. Edward was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He found the time to impart wisdom, love, and joy to his family, friends, and coworkers throughout his life.

Edward, a graduate of Elizabethtown High, was active in school exhibiting leadership abilities as the Class President, receiving both academic and athletic honors. He graduated from American University in 1965 with a BA in Psychology and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 with a MA in Public and International Affairs. Edward completed Officer Candidate School in 1966 and served in the US Navy Reserves until 1969 on board the USS Glover, ADGE1, attaining the rank of Lieutenant JG. He worked in the Department of Public Welfare for 30 years, including the Office of the Secretary, retiring in 1997.

Having retired early, he devoted his time to volunteer activities like CONTACT, Hospice and Advoz (formerly Lancaster Mediation). Whether an organization or a friend was in need, Ed was there to assist. Sports, games, and exercise were always important to him, and Edward was an accomplished runner, tennis player, and golfer especially during his retirement. As E-Town Class President, he was in charge of planning reunions every five years. It was at their 45th reunion on the Pride of the Susquehanna that Edward enlisted Vicki to serve on the 50th reunion committee, sparking their relationship of 11 years and future marriage. He enjoyed many travels to foreign countries with his sister early in his retirement and special trips later with his wife.

In addition to his wife Vicki, Edward is survived by his son, Edward B. “Teddy” Carskadon, III, husband of Julia (Wickey) and their children Allegra and Ayrton Hall of Harrisburg; daughter Andrea (Armstrong), wife of Derek Grebinger and their son Grant Grebinger of Lancaster; son Douglas R. Armstrong, III, husband of Jessica (Fry) and their son Nolen Armstrong of Lancaster; brother Bruce M. Carskadon, husband of Linda (Rocci) of Moorestown, NJ and sister Mary Carskadon of Providence, RI; brother-in-law Gregory P. Gobrecht, husband of Judy (Shoemaker) of Elizabethtown and sister-in-law Terri, wife of Robert Bentzel of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward’s family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM, followed by a celebration of his life at 4 PM led by Chaplain Nilda Roman on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Advoz Mediation & Restorative Practices (formerly Lancaster Mediation Center), 53 N. Duke St, Suite 303, Lancaster, PA 17602 or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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October 01, 2017

Dear Vicki,
 
just a few days ago we heart that Ed passed away. We hope that you are doing fine in this hard days and we are thinking about you. In our mind Ed will stay forever as a very pleasant and smart men.
 
With deepest sympathy, 
Ella, Armin, Alexandra, Hannah and Philipp from Germany
 

August 19, 2017

Dear Vicki,
I am so sorry to learn of Ed’s passing away.  Life goes by too quickly.  Judy told me about his struggle to conquer his cancer and how strong he was not to give up easily.  Take care of yourself.
With deepest sympathy,
Arlene Wilhelm
 

August 13, 2017

Ed has the great personality. He always smiled with inner peace showed on his complexion at my office.
We deeply missing him, not just as a patient, he is a wonderful person with respected spirit.
Min

August 12, 2017

I played golf with Ed in our Wednesday mornng group. He was a soft spoken gentleman that I always enjoyed playing with. He was one of the “good ones” and will be missed!
Bob Culp

August 10, 2017

I worked with Ed years ago and chatted with him from time to time through the years. I always respected Ed’s integrity and his openness to his personal, inner expansion, his willingness to deepen his life.  The quality of his person will be missed.  I extend my condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.  With a deep bow of gratitude, Karen Ember Williams

August 08, 2017

Ed was a wonderful trainer to our mediation training class that I took last fall. He was very insightful in his comments and a great role model in his skill level. Very sorry to hear this news of his loss. My condolences to the family and his wife. Paula Silverstein

August 07, 2017

Ed C. was a valued member of a men’s group on Thursday nights and will be missed significantly. His openness, honesty and depth of self awareness was truly inspiring to all who witnessed his journey. Arriving to this long-standing group later in life did not in any way impeed his ability to integrate himself into the group. Of note was his great willingness to challenge himself and participate on a deeper level as quickly as any have done in the past. A great friend to us all, very encouraging, we will miss his spirit of self-discovery.
I was proud to know him, and call him a true friend ~ Randy M.

August 06, 2017

Ed Carskadon was a regular participant at our Vigil for Peace and Non-violence every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on the steps of the old courthouse on East King Street. He always came with a sign and stood with us in silence for the hour, as people walked and drove by. Whether they noticed Ed and the rest of us, one can’t say. Standing up in public for one’s principles is not easy, and the ideals of peace and non-violence were not very popular at that time. But Ed was willing to join us few in this public witness to his own support of these guiding principles. Ed always looked fit and tanned, which, he said, came from playing golf. We learned that he was dealing with cancer, and for a long time we did not see him. Later I met Ed, and we had a short but nice chat. I am sad to read of his death. He supported us and the cause of peace and non-violence and of friendship for all people, and that is greatly to his credit. His spirit will reside with all people of good will. Good bye, Ed. from your fellow toiler in the vineyard of Peace, Charles Lane
 
 

August 06, 2017

With deepest sorrow.
Barry Styer
 
 

August 05, 2017

Offering sincere condolences. Ed was a super guy. I worked with Ed for a number of years, and knew him a bit outside of work, and very much appreciated his calm intelligence, logic, and wry sense of humor. I will be out of town on the 19th but will be sending positive energy to the family. 
Phil Friedrich

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Lititz, PA 17543
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