Thomas William Waldrop

Thomas William Waldrop

Wednesday, March 11th, 1931 Saturday, February 20th, 2021

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Obituary for Thomas William "Bill" Waldrop

Thomas William Waldrop, 89, of New Holland, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
He was born in Montpelier, VA, on March 11, 1931. His parents were the late Thomas M. Waldrop and Elma Duggins Waldrop. He would have celebrated 66 years of marriage to Martha Rineer Waldrop on April 16.
He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1951 as an Agricultural Engineer. He began working for the Oliver Corporation in Indiana. He then went to work for the former New Holland Machine Company, now Case New Holland, in 1952 where he worked for 45 years. He served as a Project Manager and as a Director retiring in 1993. Over the course of his career he earned 38 US Patents and 25 International Patents. He received the title of “Master Inventor.”
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years where he served on the Property and Finance committees. He also served on the Groff-Miller Property Building committee, and the New Holland Food Bank. He was also a member of the New Holland Lions Club, the ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), and the Toastmasters.
He enjoyed woodworking, reading, and traveling the Lewis & Clark Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and the Oregon Trail, along with all national parks out west.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, Debra (Kevin) Tarrant of Medford, NJ, Karen Waldrop of New Holland, Beverly (James) Halpin of Jim Thorpe, and Gail (James) Ertzgard of New Holland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are two sisters.
A private memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., New Holland, PA 17557, or to Lutheran World Relief (, 700 Light St., Baltimore MD 21230. To send the family online condolences visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

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    221 E. Main St.
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Claresse Gehman

I am so sorry for your loss. What a kind and caring man. I always enjoyed seeing him come in the church. He always had something to say to make me smile!
Claresse Gehman
Comment | Posted at 11:02am via Condolence

Robert Wagstaff

Condolences to Marty and her daughters.
I began work at the "machine company" in 1965 and I was fortunate to have Bill as my direct supervisor. He was an excellent model and teacher for how to work as a design engineer and for how to treat co-workers. I learned so much from Bill over the following years.
Bob Wagstaff
Comment | Posted at 03:34pm via Condolence

Donna Mccorkle

Dear aunt Martha and the sisters, please accept my prayers and heartfelt condolences on your loss. Uncle Bill was such a wonderful example of a great husband,father and grandfather! He will be truly missed. I feel very lucky to have known him and your whole family. His adventures withKaren are a great memory. The world was a better place because of him. Donna Mccorkle
Comment | Posted at 08:30pm via Condolence

Timothy Witmer

Dear Waldrop Family,
I have such fond memories of your Dad (and Mom!) growing up at Trinity. He was always well-dressed (Don Draper comes to mind) and very kind to those of us who were in the next generation. He and your Mom have been a perfect match and, though I have not seen him much in recent years, seeing him reminded me of the iconic times of growing up at Trinity. My prayers are with you all. He will be missed. Tim and Barb Witmer
Comment | Posted at 12:22pm via Condolence

Christopher Gast

My condolences to you Marty and the family! I am so glad we were able to have you at my brothers wedding and see you guys last year! Bill and Marty you were the ABSOLUTE BEST NEIGHBORS we have EVER HAD!! You guys were a true blessing for our family!! Bill will be missed greatly!! RIP Bill!!

Love Christopher Gast and the Gast Family.
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