Reverend Byron K. Krapf, 80, of New Oxford and formerly of Montgomery and Bloomsburg, Pa., passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 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, N.J.
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. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Riverside; and Grace United Methodist Church, Lemoyne. Byron retired in 2008 but served as interim pastor at Calvary-St. Paul’s 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 enjoyed 10 international trips to 27 countries between Europe and the Middle East. Beginning in the early 1990s, 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 in Shippensburg.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Byron’s life to be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Donald N. Hurley officiating. Private burial will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, at the convenience of the family.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Yvonne Myers Krapf. They were married Aug. 11, 1968 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Watsontown RD. He is also survived by sons Tim Krapf of Littlestown, and Troy Krapf of Beaufort, S.C.; 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, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 428, Riverside, PA 17868.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville PA 17821; www.visneski.com.