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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William A. Herbert
December 15, 1930 - February 10, 2018

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Memorial Service - Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler


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The following obituary was lovingly composed by Bill’s family:

William A. Herbert, son of the late Augustus C. and Emma (Tracy) Herbert passed away February 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by his older sister, Claire Hogan. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Baer Herbert of Jenkintown, PA, two sons, David (Sandy) Herbert of Green Lane, PA and Daniel (Kim) Herbert of Jenkintown, PA and his sister, Elizabeth Gilmer of Atlanta, GA as well as five grandchildren, David (Lisa), Kristofer (Crystal), Danielle (Adam), Sophie and Matthew, and five great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

Bill was born in Ridley Park, PA and graduated from Prospect Park High School. He was very good with his hands and loved working with wood. He made a beautiful hope chest for Ruth, all lined with cedar, and many other items, including a large cross for on the lawn for outdoor services at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years on the U.S.S. Tutuila (a repair ship stationed in Norfolk,VA) as an Electrician's Mate.

He married Ruth on June 27, 1953. They lived in Folcroft, PA where Bill served as a part-time policeman, graduating from the police academy at the top of his class. He resigned his position as policeman to run for Justice of the Peace and won that position. During this period he worked full-time as Security Manager for S. Klein and Sons Department Store in Springfield, PA.

The family moved to Syracuse, N.Y. in 1968 where he was Security Manager for a chain of stores, The Family Bargain Centers. In 1972 they returned to Delaware Co., living in Norwood, PA when he became Security Manager for Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia, PA.

He decided to change professions and became the Maintenance Manager for Walber's On The Delaware (a motel, restaurant) until he retired. While there he built a large indoor bar, a marina to tie up small boats, and a large outdoor bar by their pool, and handled most electrical, plumbing and grounds maintenance.

In 2010 they moved to Lansdale, PA to be nearer their sons’ families. Most recently he has been in skilled nursing at Ambler Extended Care where the V.A. contracts to care for Veterans.

A private burial took place at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. A memorial service will be held at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA at 10:00 on February 24, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Upper Dublin Lutheran Church.

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