Obituary for Harold Neibert, VMD
Harold C. Neibert, VMD, 95, of York, died peacefully at home, Saturday, December 30, 2017. Born in Waynesboro on March 19, 1922, he was the son of the late Frank Joseph and Blanche (Disert) Neibert. Harold was the loving husband of Shirley R. (Sweitzer) Neibert; they were married January 10, 1976.
Harold attended Penn State University for two years, and then was drafted into the US Army and served in WWII. During his time in the service he fought in the “Battle of the Bulge” and was a member of the operation that saved the Lipizzan Stallions, an endangered horse breed in Austria. Following his years in the war, Harold went onto graduate from Penn State. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Penn State, he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, having developed a love for animals while working on the family farm in his youth.
Harold opened the Yorkshire Animal Hospital in 1952. He served as a veterinarian for many years to many beloved pets in the York area. Harold was also an avid wine maker, and founded and ran the former Fox Ridge Winery in York. He grew his grapes in his vineyard on the hillside outside of Hellam, where he could often be seen smoking his pipe and tending to his plants. Harold was a passionate Penn State Nittany Lions Football fan, and enjoyed “Peachy Paterno” at the Creamery while in State College.
In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by his daughter Cynthia A. Neibert, VMD, and her husband, James M. Arnold of York, and his grandson Ryan J.M. Arnold, and his wife, Emily Arnold of York. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Wilbur Neibert, Mary Pryor, Hazel Neibert, Chester Neibert, Bruce Neibert, Warren Neibert, Richard Neibert, Florence Stoops, and Mildred Philipsen.
A time of reflection to celebrate Harold’s life will be held at Yorkshire Animal Hospital, 3434 East Market Street, York, PA 17402 on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Harold’s memory may be made to the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406 or to one’s favorite pet charity.
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 East Market Street, York, PA 17403.