RICHFIELD - William R. "Bill" Watts Sr., 96, of McAlisterville, died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at The Richfield Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, Richfield.
Born on Dec. 30, 1915, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Keemer, and Emily (Carwell) Watts Sr. On Dec. 13, 1941, he married his late wife, Flo A. (Prye) Watts, with whom he shared more than 67 years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2009.
He is survived by: two sons, William R. Watts Jr. and his wife, Judy, and Richard K. Watts and his wife, Marlene, all of McAlisterville; one sister, Winifred Flickinger, of McAlisterville; three grandchildren, Rich Watts, Brian Watts and Lori Knopp; and six great-grandchildren, Cody, Alec, Evan, Ty, Trent and Mitchell.
Four brothers, Wesley Watts, Clair "Ted" Watts, Keemer Watts Jr., and Lloyd Watts, and three sisters, Mary Watts, Harriet Watts and Margaret Newcomer, preceded him in death.
Mr. Watts was a graduate of Fayette High School, McAlisterville, and proudly served his country as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, during World War II, where he was awarded the Bronze Star on June 1, 1945, for his service in the 10th Armored Division, serving in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, in Rhineland. He was a member of the Good News Lutheran Brethren Church, McAlisterville, and a former member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McAlisterville, where he served on the church council.
From 1957 to 1985, Bill owned and operated Bill's Service Station, McAlisterville, and in earlier life, farmed his own farm while working at Leister Brothers International Dealership and J. F. Shillingsford Chrysler-Plymouth.
Bill enjoyed gardening; however, his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Good News Lutheran Brethren Church, McAlisterville, with Pastor Michael Edwards officiating. Interment will be in the Lost Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, McAlisterville, where full military burial honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council.
A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, Monday, at the church.
For those who desire, memorial contributions in Mr. Watts' memory may be made to the Good News Lutheran Brethren Church, 32868 Route 35 N, McAlisterville, PA 17049 or to the Richfield Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 248, Richfield, PA 17086.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.