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January 18, 2014

William "Bill" Hagey Herald, 73, Lewisburg

— LEWISBURG — William Hagey Herald, 73, known as Bill Herald of 135 Pine St., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

He was born July 25, 1940, in Lewisburg, a son of the late Paul and Betty (Hagey) Herald.

He had special memories of White Deer where he grew up surrounded by a loving family of parents, relatives, and many friends. His maternal grandparents were the late Fred and Mary (Barber) Hagey. He is survived by his sister Debra Herald Patten, of Franklin, of Tennessee, and was preceded in death by his brother, Robert A. Herald. For years the Heralds and the Hageys lived on the first floor, north and south side respectively of the former White Deer Hotel and Merchandise Store in the “square” in White Deer.

Bill’s first years of school were at the one-room Factory School in White Deer. He then attended Milton High School where math was his favorite subject. He played first chair trombone in the band and was always ready for a game of chess. After high school graduation in 1958, he enrolled at Bloomsburg College where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in secondary education in 1964. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Bucknell University in 1969. Bill continued to be active in his high school alumni association and sometimes was Master of Ceremonies for class reunions.

It was during “Ridiculous Sales Days” in Watsontown that Bill was introduced to Sharon Cronrath, daughter of the late William and Marjorie Koch Cronrath. The couple was married on July 25, 1964, at the Methodist Church in Watsontown. They are the parents of one son, William Paul Herald and one daughter, Tasha Louise Herald. Bill’s son is married to Laura Bennett Herald and they have a daughter, Bill’s granddaughter, Kathryn Ann Herald, who is an active teenager who has followed her grandfather’s passion for music, singing, and playing the trombone.

Bill served as Platoon Sargent and company clerk in the Army National Guards from 1957 until 1965.

Teaching secondary math in Summit, N.J., and later in Lewisburg, was a prelude to Bill’s success in the field of quality control. He was employed as a quality control engineer first at GTE-Sylvania in Montoursville and then at Philco-Ford (later Zenith) in Watsontown. He was also sales manager at Masonite Corporation in Watsontown. His love of teaching continued as he taught industrial education and math classes at the US Federal Penitentiary and the FCC Allenwood Prison. He was honored to be asked to be the commencement speaker on several occasions at the prison camps. He also worked at Brodart and Pennsylvania College of Technology. During his retired years he continued to teach math at Triangle Tech in Sunbury and as a substitute teacher in Lewisburg Area School District.

An acknowledged expert in his field, Bill was named a Fellow in the American Society of Quality Control. In this capacity he was invited to present lectures across the country. Accompanied by his wife Sharon, he traveled to Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and other cities where he addressed executives of numerous corporations.

Bill enjoyed signing solos at weddings, the Milton Pops Concert, and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir.

Bill was equally active as a resident of Lewisburg. He served 12 years on the borough council, two of those years as president of council and he was one of the signers of the bill that created the Historical Architectural Review Board in Lewisburg.

At Bill’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be given to The Public Library of Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg, PA 17837..


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