William B. Hibschman, 98, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Gatehouse.
He was born March 8, 1914, in Reading, the son of William B. and Rebecca M. (Rote) Hibschman Sr.
William was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.
He was married to the former Helen S. Eck for 29 years; his first wife Wanda Sewald passed away in 1980.
William was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church for 74 years. He was very active within the church, superintendent of the Sunday school department, Cub Master, treasurer, councilman and usher.
He retired in 1969 from Sears after 33 years of service as a departmental manager. After retiring from Sears, he worked 10 years at the Lycoming County Assessment office.
William was Past President and member of the Local Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in integrating bowling in the Williamsport area.
In 1926, he met Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and got an autographed baseball.
He loved baseball and was at the 1956 World Series and watched Don Larsen pitch a perfect game.
William traveled extensively during his retirement visiting five continents.
He was a gold medalist in the PA Senior games.
At the age of 96, he took a flight of a lifetime in an open air helicopter to complete his passion for flying in different aircrafts.
He was an avid stamp collector.
William is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, William F. (Cheney) Hibschman of Forest Hill, Md., and Robert J. Hibschman of Hatboro, Pa.; a daughter, S. Rebecca Hibschman of Muncy; one stepgrandchild, Samuel Schon of Texas.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Wanda; a brother, John D. Hibschman; a grandson, B. Tate Hibschman; and a daughter-in-law, Cathy B. Hibschman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the St. Mark's Lutheran Church or to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Relatives and friends are invited to William's Life Celebration service 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1421 Market St., Williamsport, with Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin officiating. A visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Oval Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.
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