William D. Weachter78, Cardinals fan, baseball coach

By on August 10, 2011

William D. "Bill" Weachter, 78, of Elm, died peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his residence.

He was the husband of Gladys (Ruth) Weachter, and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this past January. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late William E. and Mae (Beard) Weachter.

Bill was a mason for the former Ira Yeagley Masonry of Lititz, and was a pie maker for the Oehme Bakery of Lititz for 24 years before retiring in 1997. He was a graduate of the former Lititz High School, class of 1951. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Penryn.

Bill had coached for Warwick Little League Baseball, was a co-founder of Warwick Midget Football and the Warwick Alumni Football. He was a fan of Bishop McDevitt Football, Harrisburg, Notre Dame Football and also the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, but was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan since 1948. One of his dreams came true when he went to a Notre Dame football coaches clinic with two of his sons in 2005.

Bill was also interested in the Civil War and visited many battlefields and collected Civil War artifacts.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons: William Kevin, husband of Denise Weachter, of Landisville; David, husband of Vicki Weachter, of Lititz; Jeffrey, husband of Andrea Weachter, of Manheim; James, husband of Tracy Weachter, of Lititz; three daughters: Karen, wife of Timothy Kroeck, of Lititz; Patti, wife of John Lefever, of Lititz; Donna O’Reilly, of Elm; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolores, wife of Barry Saylor, of Lititz.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Gerald Weachter; and a son-in-law: James O’Reilly.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lititz. Interment took place in Penryn Cemetery.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be sent to the Albright Life, 417 W. Frederick St., Lancaster PA 17603 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg PA 17110. To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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