Retired farrier Lawrence P. Moats, 90, of Creager Road, Waynesboro, Pa., died Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015, in the Chambersburg Hospital. He had been in failing health for the past 3 years and critically ill since November.
Born Nov. 18, 1924, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Rock) Moats. He was a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area.
Moats attended Quincy High School and later served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
He and his wife of more than 69 years, Ardella I. (Gates) Moats, were married Aug. 31, 1945, in Chambersburg. They have lived at their present residence for the past 66 years.
He worked at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg from 1946-68. He was later self-employed as a farrier in the local area, retiring in 2012.
He attended the Church of God and was a member of the Mt. Valley Riders Saddle Club, and the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club.
Moats was an avid hunter, who enjoyed horses, fishing, football, baseball and NASCAR. He was a kind and easy-going individual who loved just talking and telling stories to his friends and customers while he was still working as a farrier.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Mark P. Moats and his wife, Georgia, Christine Y. Moats, and Victoria L. Doyle and her partner, John Barton, all of Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Grace Sheffler; and five brothers, Raymond Moats, Wilson Moats, Garnet Moats, William Moats, and Lionel Moats.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Pastor Trisha Brandt officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery, near Quincy, where military graveside honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post #1599, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the services, Saturday morning, in the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.