The Daily Item
OAK HARBOR, Wash. — William R. Shoalts passed away peacefully at age 95 on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at home in Oak Harbor.
Bill was born in Allenwood, Pa., on Oct. 10, 1917, to Edna (Welsh) Shoalts and William Shoalts.
He spent his early years in Allenwood and graduated from Watsontown High School in 1934.
In 1935, he enlisted in the Navy, and as an aviation machinist, he served aboard the USS Saratoga and the USS Lexington.
In 1943, he was selected for flight school. He earned his gold Naval Aviation wings and spent the next 16 years as an enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot. During the early 1950s, he served in Germany. Bill retired from active duty in 1958 with the rank of chief petty officer. His military awards include the Good Conduct Medal (six awards), American Defense Service Medal with “Fleet Clasp,” American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Following military retirement, Bill was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic control specialist. During this period, he had assignments in California, Idaho and Washington. He retired from the FAA in 1973.
Bill traveled between homes in Yuma, Ariz., and Washington. He later made Oak Harbor his permanent residence.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football. He was an avid golfer and achieved every golfer’s dream: a hole-in-one.
Bill had a keen mind and kept current on politics and world affairs. He never lost his love of flying and aircraft and had a subscription to Air and Space Magazine until his death.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert and Allen, and sister, Marion (Shoalts) Brose.
He is survived by his nephews, Ralph Brose, of Selinsgrove, Pa., Robert Brose, of Hummels Wharf, Pa., and Michael Brose, of Sunbury, Pa., and nieces, Patsy Growth, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Donna Aiello, of Middleburg, Pa.
Graveside services will be held at noon Thursday with full military honors in Uniontown Cemetery, Allenwood.
He will be interred in the family plot next to his beloved mother.
Funeral services were entrusted to the Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main St., Watsontown.