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Aug. 25, 1932 – March 24, 2014

John L. Trost of Lancaster, owner of a fire equipment store, died Monday in Seneca Health Care Center after a brief illness related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Lancaster High School and later was drafted into the Army. He served as a private first class during the Korean War.

Mr. Trost was the owner and operator of Trost Fire Equipment in Lancaster from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The family business sells and serves fire extinguishers to many customers, including Buffalo’s area flour mills, industrial and manufacturing companies. Family members continue to operate the business.

Mr. Trost was a charter member for the Fraternal Order of Orioles in Lancaster, a social and charitable organization dedicated to serving the community.

His wife, Alice Littler Trost, died Nov. 20, 2011.

Survivors include a son, Michael; a daughter, Kimberly; a sister, Lorraine Impastato; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.