DANVILLE - William R. "Bill" Auker, 86, of Richfield, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
William was born on Jan. 19, 1927, in Juniata County, a son of the late George and Hazel (Shellenberger) Auker. On June 28, 1947, he married the former Eunice M. Shirk, who survives. His passing breaks a loving marital union of 65 years.
He attended Stony Run grammar schoolhouse. William was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired after 39 years as a truck driver for Dorsey Trailers, Northumberland.
William was a member of the Richfield Mennonite church, where he served as a trustee and Sunday school teacher. He also held memberships with the Richfield Lions Club and Richfield Fire Company. William was the founding member of the Richfield Coffee Drinkers Club and a member of the ROMEO's (Retired Old Man Eating Out club). William enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by: two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Dick Hart, of Thompsontown, and Dianna and Orville Brubaker, of Richfield; five grandchildren, Bryan Hart and his wife, Michelle, Teresa Kepner and her husband, Corey, Deron Brubaker and his wife, Denise, Brad Brubaker and his wife, Brenda, and Nathan Brubaker; eight great-grandchildren, Kyle and Megan Hart, Shalyn and Chase Kepner, Amara and Cole Brubaker and Torrey and Tucker Brubaker; a brother; Don Auker and his wife, Marian, of South Carolina; three sisters, Sarah Graybill, of Richfield, Donna Ritzman, of McAlisterville, and Marian Kay Mangle, of Mifflintown; a sister-in-law, Betty Auker, of Elizabethtown; brothers-in-law; Wilmer Shirk, of Zelienolpe, and Stanley Shirk and his wife, LaDonna, of Richfield; sisters-in-law, Fernie Keller of Princeton, N.J., Naomi Shellenberger, of Richfield, and Sally Shirk, of Mount Pleasant Mills; and many nieces and nephews.
William was preceded in death by: two great-grandsons, Gabriel Brubaker and Lester Keith Hart; three brothers, Raymond, Richard and Edward Auker; and two brothers-in-law, Gilmore E. Graybill and Harry Ritzman; brothers-in-law, Donald Shirk and his wife, Mildred, Lloyd Shellenberger, Elvin Shirk and Gene Keller; and sisters-in-law, Mary Shirk and Miriam Sheaffer and her husband, Albert Sheaffer.
Friends and family are invited to the viewing from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, all at the Richfield Mennonite Church, Church Street, Richfield. Officiating will be Pastor Aaron Benner and Pastor Jerry O'Connell. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Juniata Veterans Council will be made in the Richfield Union Cemetery, Richfield.
Should friends desire, memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of William to the charity of the donor's choosing.
The George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc. 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills have been entrusted with the arrangements.