Walter Miller Trostle

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Walter Miller Trostle, 85, passed away on October 27, 2015, at York Wellspan Hospital in York, PA. He was born on November 4, 1929, in Gettysburg, PA, the son of the late Walter Edwin Trostle and Lillian Catherine (Miller) Trostle. Walt grew up in Gettysburg, PA, and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1947. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1950-54 and spent one year as a radar operator in North Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1954. He was a salesman and merchant for most of his life, best known as the founder of Trostle's Furniture, Inc., located south of Gettysburg for over two decades. Walt married Grace Nadine Cecelia (Orndorff) Trostle in 1957 in Bonneauville, PA. They were happily married until her death in 1980. He later married Elisabet (Rohrmoser) Kemler Trostle in 1999 and spent the final fantastic 30 years of his life with her, his loving wife. He was a member of the Good Samaritan Lodge 336 F&AM, Good Samaritan Royal Arch Chapter 266, Gettysburg Commandery No. 79 K.T., Zembo Temple AAONMS Harrisburg PA and the Adams County Shrine Club. He was also a member of the VFW Post 6918, American Legion Post 202, Elks Lodge 1045, Eagle 1562, Moose Lodge 1526 and the Mason Dixon Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. Walt, or Uncle Walty to many who knew him, savored many things in life. He was particularly fond of flying, riding around on a Harley-Davidson, dancing, watching NASCAR and boxing on tv, feeding and watching birds and traveling around the United States and the rest of the world. He also enjoyed a good party. He liked people and people liked him. He is survived by his loving spouse Elisabet; his three sons and daughters-in-law; Kevin A. Trostle and Laurie C. Jenkins, Bradley A. Trostle and Libby A. Trostle, and Philip G. Trostle and Christina M. Simpson; and step-sons and daughter-in-law Mike Kemler and Anette Keller Kemler and Cliff Kemler, as well as numerous loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At Walt's request there will be no viewing, service or funeral; interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Walt requested donations be sent to Benders Lutheran Church, 1385 Rentzel Road, Biglerville, PA 17307, where he was a lifelong member. Walt wanted a party, and the family is planning a celebration of his life. For more information on the party, please email [email protected] Online obituary and condolences available at

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Monahan Funeral Home
125 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-2414
Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 29, 2015
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