Known to his family as Tom, Tommy, or Pappy, and to most people as Earl, he was the husband of Vicky Lynn Kegel. They were married on Valentine’s Day in 1974, and would be celebrating their forty-second wedding anniversary.
Mr. Kegel was born in Lancaster on September 21, 1953, to the late Clarence and Doris Kegel.
In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by three children, Earl Jr, Jesse, and Sarah, all residing in Southern Lancaster County, and also by grandson Dylan.
He is also survived by a large family of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Siblings are Dr. Margaret Kegel Cooke, Dr. Cynthia Kegel, Clarence C. Kegel, Jr., Esq., Robert J. Kegel, J. David Kegel, and half sisters Anna Mae Hauck and Doris Blanford.
Together with his brother David, Earl owned and managed Kegel’s Seafood restaurant from 1988 to 2008. His first job was with Kegel’s Produce, which was founded by his beloved Uncle Earl Kegel for whom he was named. His adventuresome side was shown by his next job in which he traveled across the country as a chimney sweep. He started work at Kegel’s Seafood in the 1970s, continued to work there after its sale in 2008, and thereafter worked for a period of time at Mr. Bill’s Seafood.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and part-time farmer.mFishing—mostly deep sea fishing– was a passion acquired from his father. As a boy there was fresh water fishing in the North East River and the Chesapeake, and many fishing trips off Cape May, N.J, Ocean City Maryland, and in Florida. After his marriage, Earl’s favorite spot was Cape Hatteras, N.C., where he vacationed every year with his family and had a fishing boat for a period of time. The number of big tuna, marlin, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and sharks caught in these waters is too big to count.