‘Mr. Ed,’ founding father of iconic sweet store, roadside attraction close to Gettysburg, dies at 84

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Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

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.

“Mr. Ed” Gotwalt with some of his elephant collection.

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.

Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

Ms. Penny Candy welcomes visitors to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium in Ortanna.
(PennLive.com/file)

Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium

Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Shop founder had collected elephants for decades.
(Janet Pickel, PennLive.com/2009)

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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