EARL DETWILER Earl S. Detwiler, 86, of Lansdale, passed from his earthly life February 23, 2013 to join his wife Betty (Scott) Detwiler. Born May 15, 1926 in Harleysville, he was one of 13 children born to Jacob and Lizzie (Swartley) Detwiler. Earl married Betty in 1948, and the couple celebrated 55 years of marriage before Betty's passing in 2003. Together, they made their home in Lansdale. Mr. Detwiler was an honored veteran who served in the US Army
during World War II
in both the European and Pacific Theaters. After returning home, he was employed with BF Goodrich, Oaks, as a machinist until his retirement in the 1980s. Earl and Betty enjoyed their retirement by spending time with family and friends they met in various senior groups and bus travels. Earl will be especially missed by his granddaughter, Jane Ashton and her husband, Jim, of Lansdale; great-grandson, Brian Ashton and his wife, Nicole, of Georgia; and his great-great-granddaughter, Morgan; his sister, Pearl Detweiler and her husband, Wilmer, of Emmaus; and several nieces and nephews. Earl also leaves behind his loving friend and companion, Betty Landis of Telford. He will also be missed by Logan, Spencer, and Garrett Knauss and their parents, Lisa and Dean, of Audubon, who were very dear to his heart. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Ann Minarick; step-son-in-law, Al Minarick; and 11 of his siblings. Relatives and friends may call after 10AM Thursday, February 28 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2211 Mainland Rd., Kulpsville, followed by the Funeral Service at 11AM. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, North Wales. Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale. Earl's granddaughter, Jane, would like to thank the nurses, therapists, and aides at Elm Terrace Gardens for all their loving care, compassion, and support while he made his home there. If you would like to make a donation in Earl's memory, please consider the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.