The Daily Item
RICHFIELD — William R. “Bill” Auker, 86, of Richfield, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
William was born 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 an Army veteran of World War II.
He retired after 39 years as a truck driver for Dorsey Trailers, Northumberland.
William was a member of Richfield Mennonite Church, where he served as a trustee and Sunday school teacher. He also held memberships in the Richfield Lions Club and Richfield Fire Company. William was the founding member of the Richfield Coffee Drinkers Club and a member of the ROMEOs (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; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Marian Auker, 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 Zelienople, 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 by two great-grandsons, Gabriel Brubaker and Lester Keith Hart; three brothers, Raymond, Richard and Edward Auker; 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 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Richfield Mennonite Church, Church Street, Richfield, followed by the funeral at 2 with Pastor Aaron Benner and Pastor Jerry O’Connell officiating.
Burial withe full military honors accorded by the Juniata Veterans Council will be made in Richfield Union Cemetery.
Should friends desire, gifts may be made in loving memory of William to a charity of the donor’s choice.
The George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, has been entrusted with the arrangements.