LINCOLN PARK — Mike Wardrop, 90, formerly of Lincoln Park, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Phoebe Berks Healthcare Center, Wernersville.
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He was born in Bear Gap, a son of the late, Ralph T. and Grace M. (Sanders) Wardrop.
He was a graduate of Coal Township High School in 1941, and Penn State in 1944, earning a degree in civil engineering. An accomplished athlete, Mike pitched on the varsity baseball team at Penn State, where he went undefeated for the 1943 and 1944 seasons.
He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in both World War II in the Marshall Islands, and in the Korean conflict, where he served with the Japan Occupation Forces and Amphibious Landing Forces.
Mike was married to Anna L. (Startzel) Wardrop, who survives.
He was first employed as a civil engineer for Wertz Engineering Company, Reading, and later for Textile Machine Works in the same capacity. For 30 years he was a structural engineer for Gilbert Commonwealth, Reading, until his retirement, where he participated in the design of fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, power transmission lines and water storage facilities. Mike also served as a Spring Township supervisor from 1969 to 1978.
He was a member of Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, where he was a long-time, active volunteer.
Mike will long be remembered as a warm and loving family man. He was a gentle giant — tall in stature and a fierce competitor, but kind and compassionate in spirit. An undiscovered poet with a quick wit, he entertained his caregivers until the very end.
In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by his children, Donna L. Cawley and her husband, Brian, of Willimantic, Conn., Richard T. Wardrop and his wife, Denice, of State College; and Barbara L. Cassou, recent widow of Robert, of Castle Rock, Colo.; six grandchildren, Christopher Cawley, Benjamin Cawley, Shannon Cawley, Thomas Wardrop, Morgan Wardrop and Nicole Cassou; two step grandchildren, Alexander and Christine Cassou, and five great-grandchildren, Luke, Ryan, Grace, Kenyan, and Colleen.
He was preceded in death by six siblings, Marion, Alice, Edith, Alex, Donald and Robert.
WARDROP — Mike Wardrop, 90, formerly of Lincoln Park. A funeral service and reception will be held at noon Saturday at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, 1 Carlisle Ave., Reading. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lincoln Park United Methodist Church Memorial Fund at the above address. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The News Item on Nov. 4, 2013