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William R. McMinnApril 1, 1917 ~ April 7, 2017 (age 100)
William “Bill” R. McMinn, 100 of Mechanicsburg, went home to be with the Lord on Friday April 7, 2017. He was formerly of Altoona.
He was born April 1, 1917, in Altoona, the son of the late William E. and Lena Mae (Riley) McMinn. He married Eleanor Bradfield on March 27, 1937, in Altoona. She preceded him in death on November 21, 2006.
Surviving are his daughter, Patricia A. Gravley and husband Raymond of Mechanicsburg; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Glenn Hostler of Chesapeake, VA.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Jean Hostler; sister, Mary Mitchell; grandson, Glenn Hostler; granddaughter, Louann Ochranek; and a great grandson, Steven.
Bill worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 18 years. In 1954, he went to work for Penn State University where he worked for 13 years. He returned to Altoona to work for the Altoona School District from which he retired in 1982.
Bill enjoyed gardening, nature, going to church and spending time with his family. He loved gospel music and the old hymns. Some of his fondest memories were from living in East End, Altoona, and playing “mushball” with the Third EUB church.
Friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday April 11, 2017, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, where a funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Dave Huston and Pastor Steve Crews officiating. Committal will take place at Greenwood cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to his church, Foot of Ten Baptist Church, designated to Salted Springs Youth Camp, P.O. Box 368, Duncansville, PA 16635.