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William Straub,  Jr.

November 1, 2019

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.

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