The founder of a quirky candy shop and roadside attraction in Adams County died at 84 on Friday, a date his family says was both his wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the founding of his business.
“Mister Ed” Edwin Lee Gotwalt opened Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium in Orrtanna, about eight miles from Gettysburg, in 1975, his granddaughter, who runs it now, posted on the business’ Facebook page.
By JEFFREY LOWE, Harrisburg Patriot-News/1999Harrisburg Patriot-News
Gotwalt retired in 2014, selling the business to granddaughter Nicole Bucher and her husband, Isaac. Before that, in 2010, the business had survived a devastating fire. After, in 2017, Gotwalt survived a car crash.
Gotwalt was born in York in 1936, according to the information from Facebook. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Gotwalt; a son, J. Michael Taylor; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Nicole and Isaac Bucher, and a great-grandson, all of Orrtanna. He was predeceased by his daughter, Tammy Cullison.
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