Kenneth A. Estep, age 92, resident of Garden Spot Village, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 28, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Barbara L. (Hicks) Estep and three children Carol (Estep) Sing of Rheems, Jonathan Estep of Bechtelsville, and Daniel Estep of Dublin (PA) married to Lorraine Coutts. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kenneth Sing married to Candice Bortner; Laura Sing; Kenneth J. Estep; Katherine Estep; James Estep; Luke Estep; and Chad Waltz; as well as three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ayden, and Jason Sing. He is preceded in death by siblings Miriam (Tarter) Estep and Frank Estep, survived by siblings Jack Estep and Carol (Nelson) Estep and sister-in-law Vaughn (Dunham) Estep.
Ken was born on June 27, 1927 in Bellwood (Altoona), PA son of Kenneth and Anna (Turnbaugh) Estep. He graduated from Altoona High School, Eastern University, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was also in the US Air Force. Ken was called as assistant pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Baltimore then as pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, PA. He was the moderator of Keystone Baptist Association and president of PA/South Jersey Baptist Association. Ken also started Silver Spring Baptist Church, Lebanon Valley Baptist Church, and helped start Hershey Baptist Church. He was a member and chaplain of Elizabethtown’s Friendship Fire & Hose Company and Fire Police and was an EMT. Ken enjoyed talking with people from all walks of life, helping them in a pastoral way with the many challenges and questions they entrusted to him. He was known for his incredible patience, kind and loving spirit, a heart of selfless service, and his commitment to Jesus Christ and the real difference God and His Word makes for all who trust in Him. Some enjoyable pursuits for Ken were golf, fishing, birds, and being in the outdoors but more than anything else, he cherished the time spent with his family.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 4th, 3:00 PM at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA, with a greeting time from 2 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GSV Benevolent Fund.