Reverend Byron K. Krapf, 80, of New Oxford PA
and formerly of Montgomery and Bloomsburg PA passed away peacefully on
Friday, November 23, 2018 at his residence where he resided for the past
year. He was born April 25, 1938 in Waynesboro PA the son of the late
Reverend Oliver H.R. and Vera Kadel Krapf.
Byron attended public schools in the
Pennsylvania towns of Selinsgrove, Altoona and Hollidaysburg, graduating
from Hollidaysburg High School in 1956.
Byron attended classes at the College of
William & Mary before attending Bloomsburg State Teachers College (now
Bloomsburg University) where he received his BS degree in 1960. His student
teaching was at Danville High School.
He went on to seminary at the Boston University
School of Theology where he received his Master of Divinity in 1963. While
there he completed his field work as youth pastor at the Old South
Congregational Church in Boston. He also played on the intermural ice
hockey team at Boston Arena and was in the Seminary Singers. During the
summers of college and seminary he worked in hotels at Ocean Grove NJ.
Following Ordination at Pine Street Church in
Williamsport he served 45 years of active ministry in the United Methodist
Church. Pennsylvania churches included Epworth, Jersey Shore; First United
Methodist Church, Montgomery; Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick; Park
Forest Village United Methodist Church, State College; Christ United
Methodist Church, Shippensburg; St. Peterís United Methodist Church,
Riverside; Grace United Methodist Church, Lemoyne. Byron retired in 2008
but served as interim pastor at Calvary-St. Paulís churches in Berwick.
From 2008-2015 he spoke in 52 churches and senior centers and sang with the
Chi Rho Singers.
An important hobby for Krapf was art which
included Oil paintings (landscapes, seascapes, historical buildings) and
caricatures of church birds; birds seen in the pew, choir, the pulpit.
Another hobby was travel. Byron visited the 48
states by car, bus, or train. From 1967-2011 he enjoyed10 international
trips to 27 countries between Europe and the Middle East. Beginning in the
early 1990ís he encouraged 150 people to travel when he served as tour host
on numerous international trips. Most significant trips were the Holy Land
in 1967 following the Six Day War, the journeys of Saint Paul, and choir
trips to Austria and England.
He was very active in the United Methodist
Conference and Districts where he served.
Byron served as president of District
Ministeriums, he was on the board of Ordained Ministry. He served as Moving
Coordinator for 25 years in several districts.
While in Montgomery and Shippensburg he was
part of Rotary International having served as vice-president and president
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a
Celebration of Byronís life to be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at
11:00 AM at St. Peterís United Methodist Church 240 Sunbury Road Danville PA
with the Reverend Dr. Donald N. Hurley officiating. Private burial will be
held in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg PA at the convenience of the
He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years,
Yvonne Myers Krapf. They were married August 11, 1968 at St. Johnís
Lutheran Church, Watsontown RD; Sons Tim Krapf of Littlestown; Troy Krapf of
Beaufort, SC; Daughters-in-Law Karen and Emma; Grandchildren Abigail,
Olivia, Marcella, and Henry; Sisters Sylvia Krapf Shearer and Joy Krapf
Waldron, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial
Gifts may be made to The American Cancer Society PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City
OK 73123-1718 or St. Peterís United Methodist Church PO Box 428 Riverside
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.