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Rev. Amos Leon Seldomridge, 96, of Harleysville, passed away May 30, 2016, at the Peter Becker Community where he had lived in an independent living apartment for 36 years until his recent illness. He was the husband of the late D. Jean (Gelnett) Seldomridge who died in 1973.
Born Jan. 13, 1920, in New Holland, PA, he was the son of the late Willis H. Seldomridge and Helen (Ranck) Seldomridge Marks. Rev. Seldomridge was a graduate of New Holland High School, class of 1937; Franklin and Marshall College, 1941, B.A. History and Greek; Lancaster Theological Seminary, B.D.; and furthered graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary, NYC, NY, where he was a student of Paul Tillich and Richard Niebuhr.
Ordained into the E&R church in 1944, he was a parish minister at Weissport; New Bloomfield Charge; Saxton; Lancaster; and Woxall, all in Pennsylvania. When he retired in 1982 he was named pastor emeritus of Old Goshenhoppen UCC where he had served for 18 years. He was a member of the Huguenot Society and Sons of the Revolution. Chaplain of both the PA and National Huguenot Societies as well as president of the Huguenot Society of PA. He served his country as a Navy chaplain during and after WWII serving on active duty as Command Chaplain Norfolk Naval Air Station and in the Pacific on Johnston Island. His war experience was spent on an atoll one mile long and a half-mile wide.
For years he ate his lunch at the Senior Center of Harleysville, now called Encore Experience, where he had served on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Bum-Bah Bucketeers Band performing with them in concerts throughout southeast Pennsylvania, Poland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and Austria. He was a mason for over 68 years and was a member of the Adams Lodge 319 F&AM, New Bloomfield; Harrisburg Consistory.
Amos had a passion for genealogy which began when in Navy chaplain training at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. At the time, the work was all original source, i.e. church records, family bibles, combing through graveyards. Consequently many cemeteries were catalogued by him and he spent many hours in the Library of Congress. He passed on a complete genealogy of both sides of their family to his daughters. Expert at crochet, he was taught by his grandmother, and most recently made squares for a Peter Becker Community project that were pieced together into blankets. Rev. Seldomridge also loved to quilt. There were always a quilt in the frames at church and later a quilter at PBC.
Survived by two daughters, Deborah Anne Seldomridge-Hrehowsik and husband Paul Hrehowsik of Toms River, NJ, and Rebecca J. Seldomridge and wife Leith Regan of Pleasant Hill, TN.
Private service and disposition will be held by the family. Chaplain Doug Graham will hold a gathering for Amos' friends at Peter Becker Community. Memorial contributions will be gladly accepted in his name at Pleasant Hill Community Church UCC, P.O. Box 168, Pleasant Hill, TN 38578. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.williamsbergeykoffel.com.
Published on May 31, 2016
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