William Straub, Jr., 86, of Danville, PA
passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 30,
2019 at his residence. He was born July 28, 1933 in Milton PA;
the son of the late William A., Sr. and Estella Moser Straub
Bill graduated from Northumberland High School
in 1952. As a teenager, Bill worked at John Ruch’s garage in
Northumberland and as a lifeguard at the Island Park pool.
He was drafted into the United States Army and
became a squad leader during basic training. During the Korean Conflict, he
was a medic at the Bad Cannstatt Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He was
also assigned to the 329th Hospital Train, which transported
injured soldiers to and from various hospitals throughout Europe.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of
48 years, Veda Wilt Straub. They were married May 8, 1970.
Bill was employed for 15 years at TRW in
Danville PA and then at Danville State Hospital as Storeroom Manager from
where he retired in 1991.
As a former member of St. Paul’s Emmanuel
United Methodist Church, Bill served as Assistant Financial Secretary for
several years. Later he became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he
enjoyed helping to prepare the men’s monthly breakfasts. He also had life
memberships to the Loyal Order of Moose and the American Legion.
Alongside of his wife, Veda, Bill could often
be seen dancing at “Lucky Afternoon” shows, at the local casinos, farmers
markets, or putting on meals at the Ronald McDonald House. He was an avid
reader and enjoyed fishing throughout his life. Bill was a “fixer of all
things” and “solver of all problems”. His greatest pleasure in life was
spending time with his friends and his family.
He is survived by four daughters; Darla
Stafford of Watsontown; Belva Delcamp and her husband David of Berwick ;
Melissa Musiano of Elysburg, and Cynthia Gregory and her husband Richard of
Pottsville, three sisters-in-law; Patty Keppler and her husband Patrick,
Donna Vitale and Norma Hinkleman and her husband Ron; all of Danville PA.
Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several
nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his daughter,
Myrna and his sister, Shirley.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a
Celebration of Bill’s Life on Thursday, November 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM at
Trinity Lutheran Church, 241 East Market Street, Danville, PA 17821 with the
Reverend Trevor J. Hahn officiating. Burial will be private in the Odd
Fellows Columbarium Danville at the convenience of the family.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Bill’s
memory to The Ronald McDonald House PO Box 300 Danville PA 17821
Arrangements were under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.