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Leonard Drorbaugh

Leonard Drorbaugh of Essex died peacefully in his sleep on June 7, 2011.  He and his wife Terry had just returned from Bermuda where they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  It was a lifetime dream to return to the island where he spent a memorable summer with his father and brother.

Born on November 6, 1929 in Bronxville NY, Len was the beloved youngest son of Wells and Katharine (Colt) Drorbaugh.  He graduated from Deerfield Academy where he was a football and lacrosse star and excelled in English literature.  Also, at Deerfield, while working in a garden supporting WWII, he realized how much he loved the land and all of Godís bounty.  Len attended Princeton University and graduated from Hobart and Cornell with a degree in dairy husbandry and agricultural engineering.  On December 31, 1950, Len married his love since kindergarten, Terry Dunn and they settled in Quakertown, Pennsylvania on Windsong Farm.  For 10 years, Len rejoiced in the land and his Holstein dairy farm in Bucks County.  He would still be there today except the land was taken by eminent domain.  Len had a deep faith that sustained him through the tragedy of his oldest daughterís car accident and only sonís death.  He was known among family and friends for his amazing memory, love of literature, homemade cards and cartoons, deep faith, love of land and off beat sense of humor.  In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters and sons in law Barbara and Peter Hammer, Mary and Tom Werner and Holly and Ken Riehl and six grandchildren, Cooper and Nate Riehl, Jacob and Lizey Hammer and Jenny and Scott Drorbaugh. Len was predeceased by his daughter Terry Ellen Drorbaugh and son Scott Drorbaugh.

A Celebration of Lenís life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM, at the First Congregational Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o  Senior Care Nutrition Program, 5 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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