I. Wayne Brubaker 1918 – 2017

I. Wayne BrubakerBrubaker Inc. and the extended Brubaker family with sorrow announce the passing of Founder, Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Great-great-grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Husband, and Friend, I. Wayne Brubaker, this past Thursday evening, March 23rd.

Those who knew Wayne knew he lived life to the fullest; always with a twinkle in his eye and the heart of a servant.  In his 99th year, with an intact mind and a body which had slowly and inexorably wore out, he breathed his last, in peace, in the presence of his family, in his home, beside the business he started over 70 years ago.

He was born November 10, 1918, in East Hempfield Township to the late Wayne G. and Lillie Bard Brubaker.  He married Evelyn M. Pickel on September 28, 1940.  After working on the family farm, he worked during World War II in the Philadelphia Naval Yards as a steamfitter on the U.S.S. New Jersey.  In 1945 he founded I. W. Brubaker Plumbing, Heating & Spouting, which has grown into the business that it is today.

For many years he volunteered his time at East Petersburg Mennonite Church where he and his wife Evelyn were members and attended for many decades; in addition he volunteered for Mennonite Disaster Service and served in the East Petersburg Rotary Club.  His volunteer efforts led him to projects and venues throughout the Eastern United States, Central America, and Africa.

Wayne leaves behind his wife of over 76 years, Evelyn; three sons, Donald, husband of Esther Brubaker Brubaker; Gerald, husband of Margaret Sheridan Brubaker; and David, husband of Kay Ament Brubaker, all of Lancaster. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.  He is also survived by his brother Albert , husband of Betty Brubaker, Lancaster, and 14 neices and nephews from here to California.  Preceding him in death was his twin brother, W. Bard Brubaker, his sister, Marilyn Machen, and two nephews.

2016 98th birthday 11-10-16a

On his last birthday, November 10, 2016.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service for Wayne at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main Street, East Petersburg, on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 PM until the time of the service.  Prior interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Wayne’s memory to: Mennonite Disaster Relief, payable to MCC, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501, or Hospice and Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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