Harold L. Wiker, 86
April 19, 1934 - March 04, 2021
Harold L. Wiker, 86, of Strasburg, passed away at Lancaster General Hospital on Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was born in West Lampeter Township to the late John T. and Frances S. (Frey) Wiker. Harold marked 66 years of marriage with his wife Beverly L. (Eshleman) Wiker on February 23rd.
The founder of H. L. Wiker & Sons, Inc. in 1988, Harold passed the business to his daughter Donna and son Jeff, now operating as H. L. Wiker, Inc. Harold instilled a hard work ethic and the importance of giving back to the community to his children and they carry those philosophies in their personal and business lives. He had a positive and important impact on his employees and the excavating business. Harold learned his trade from previously working for Andrews Excavating for 35 years. He was a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Inter-County Contractors Association. Harold developed Book Flower Lane in Strasburg.
Harold touched many people in the community, and he was a great role model. As part of Strasburg Restoration and Preservation, he restored and sold four homes in the borough, donating the proceeds to the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. He served on Strasburg Borough Council and as chairman of the Strasburg Borough Sewer and Water Authority. Harold also served on the pool committee and following his love of history he served on the Strasburg Heritage Society, participating on the garden tour. He was an associate member of The Bucktail Camp in Huntingdon, PA and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.
Harold and Bev traveled out West five times, and they enjoyed many trips to Williamsburg and other historic places. Frequent family vacations were to Stone Harbor, NJ. They also enjoyed trips to Yellowstone National Park.
Christmas was his favorite holiday, and Harold was known for choosing the biggest tree he could find. He loved to cook and grill and enjoyed growing antique heirloom roses in his garden.
In addition to his loving wife Beverly, Harold is survived by his daughter, Debra L., wife of Gene C. Eisenberger of Lancaster; son, Jeffrey D. Wiker, husband of Wanda A. (Kauffman) of Strasburg Township; daughter, Donna J., wife of David E. Shoff of Conestoga; two grandsons, Travis L. Eisenberger and Matthew S. Eisenberger, husband of Jennifer (Irmen); three great-grandchildren, Landon, Peyton and Cameron Eisenberger; four siblings, Norma Rineer, Mary Jane, wife of Richard Messner, John Wiker, and Roy Wiker, husband of Beverly; and his niece Kimberly A. Wertz. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Bryan K. Wiker who died in 1995.
Services will be private, but can be viewed on Livestream on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the following links:
Harold will be buried in St. Peters Lutheran Church, Neffsville. Please omit flowers, and kindly consider a memorial contribution to the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg Memorial Fund, 101 S. Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.
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March 15, 2021
Bev and family, I was saddened to see Harold passed. I always enjoyed talking with him when you two would come into Kegel’s years ago, and to Kosers once or twice. His calming and kind demeanor was evident, as well as other great qualities.
My sympathies to you.
March 11, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to all of you in this time of sadness. Harold left a great legacy of his accomplishments. Have fond memories of Harold and family on Hillcrest Ave
Doug, Glenda, Zarina Burkhart
March 11, 2021
Dear Beverly,Jeff,Debbie,and Donna.
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father and also my uncle. May god provide the healing we all need at this time in our lives. God Bless!! Jim&DebbieMann..
March 10, 2021
Mrs. Wiker, Jeff and Donna,
It is with a very Heavy Heart that I pass along my condolences for the sudden loss of your Husband and Father. I know that Harold was very kind to me as when I first approached him with the request for help in starting the New Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance Program at the Lancaster CTC. His commitment to helping me and passing along the Heavy Equipment Trade to future operators was none stop. I know that I owe a Great Deal of Gratitude to all of The Wiker Family for the many years of help and commitment given to me. May the Peace and Comfort of Our Risen Lord be with All of You during these very difficult days ahead. Peace be With You, Sincerely, Craig Turnbaugh
March 09, 2021
Dear Jeff, Donna, Gene
I am so sadden hearing the passage of your Dad. He was a great man and I enjoyed dealing and working with him on many occasions. He was an honest and fair man. May your memories never leave and bring smiles to overcome the sadness you are experiencing.
March 09, 2021
Dear Donna, Jeff and all the family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad!! Your Dad seemed to be involved with a little bit of everything!! Always remember fond memories and the special little things that we might have thought were quirky at the time but were done with more love than we realized at the time!! Those are always the best times to bring a tear to your eye but a laugh in your heart!! I understand these things after losing my parents suddenly last year. Laughter helps the best. In the dawn you will see the sunshine!Blessings,
Linda Meck Clark
March 08, 2021
Dear Bev, and Debbie, Jeff, Donna (and families), We are so sorry to hear this news! Sending our condolences, and prayers for comfort during this difficult time! ~The Eshleman family
March 07, 2021
Our condolences to the family. We have high regards for the legacy of Harold and his family.
May God continue to bless the family with His presence and care. God Bless.
Jim and Linda Kreider
March 07, 2021
Dearest Beverly and family,
Cherish the wonderful memories of Harold and may the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. It’s been a pleasure working for Harold at H.L.Wiker, Inc. although he was retired, when I’d see him he’d always remember me, smile and ask how I was doing, such a heart of gold. Running into people on job sites who remembered Harold, they would ask for Harold then tell a story of how they knew him, “tell Harold hello” they would say, what respect for Harold!
Always remember how much your loved, we are here for you, with sincere sympathy, Carol Chambers
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