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Thomas, William (Bill), 84, Hastings, passed away March 7, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born December 16, 1930 in Bradley Junction to the late Maurice and Esther (Cunningham) Thomas.Preceded in death by loving wife Mary (Dietrick), siblings Russell (Rusty) Thomas, Marie DeSalvo, and Mildred Zarnesky. Survived by children: Jim (Dorothy), Williamsport, Paul (Patty), Penn Run, Becky (Buddy) MD, Terry (Mike) OH, Eileen (Andy) Allentown, Laurie (Ernie) Butler, Christine (Brian) Indiana, PA. Grandchildren: Jennifer (Steve) Eckman, Michael (Ashley) Thomas; Tiffany, Matthew, Jeffery, Derrick Thomas; Tony, Joe (Jana), Ben Natarian; Alexis, Emily Patrylak; Peter, Luke Schramm; Daniel Carpenter, and Great Grandchildren Steven, Dalton, Tanner and Mason. He is also survived by his sisters: Phyllis, Northern Cambria, MaryJo (Larry) OH. Bill will be remembered by many for his years of community involvement. He was instrumental in the formation of Boy Scout Troop 73, serving as Scout Master, developing a Troop Camp and especially proud of the many boys who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was generous with his service to St. Bernard Catholic Church. For years he made ready his Allis Chalmers tractor and hay wagon for the annual Parish Picnic hayride, and in later years provided meats, especially hot sausage for Church events. Bill sold cars for Lentine Chevrolet, worked at Barnes & Tucker #20, and retired from Greenwich Collieries. In retirement Bill opened ‘William Thomas Meats’ specializing in custom meats, sausages, smoked meats, artisan cheeses and provided seasonal deer processing. He was always a “farm boy” at heart, working the fields, puttering with tractors and perfecting his horseradish and garlic crops. His greatest joy came from gatherings at the Farm with friends and family, sharing homemade wine, playing Cinch and the genuine happiness and pride of being “Pappy Bill”. Friends will be received Friday March 13, 2015 from 2 to 4p.m. and 6 to 8p.m. at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home, 333 Beaver Street, Hastings. A Funeral mass will be held on Saturday March 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Hastings. Father Thaddeus Rettger Officiating. Interment at St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to ‘Hunters Sharing the Harvest’, Attn John Plowman, Exec Dir., 6780 Hickory Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17112. You may also send donations in his memory to ‘Good Samaritan Hospice’, Attn Janice Molinero, 146 Neely School Road, Wexford, PA 15090. Arrangements in care of the Easly-Hindman Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com
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