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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William Herbert Saylor Sr.
September 30, 1927 - August 18, 2020


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - Wounded Warrior Project - PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 - 877-832-6997 - Map

William Herbert Saylor Sr. of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health.  He was 92 years old.  William was born September 30, 1927 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, son of the late Harold H. Saylor and the late Ada P. Saylor (nee - Field).  He is the beloved husband of Janeth “Jan” (nee Stauffer) Saylor; father of Mark, David, and William H. Saylor Jr.; grandfather of Mark William Jr., Madeline, David, and Derek.

William was raised and educated in Minersville, PA until the family moved to Willow Grove while he was in High School. William graduated from Upper Moreland High School as a four letter athlete in basketball, baseball, football, and track. 

Promising his father, a Math professor, that he would graduate before joining the service, he joined the Merchant Marines at 17 yrs of age and worked on ships for the following three years. Upon his return, William had reunited with his high school friend Robert Stauffer who had introduced him to his sister Janeth. Jan and William fell in love and married. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in Texas where Jan later joined him.

Following discharge from the Air Force in 1954, they returned to Willow Grove where they raised their 3 sons. He joined the Stauffer family business, P.S. Stauffer and Sons, and helped guide its growth as comptroller for over 30 years. William had a lifelong passion of racing pigeons that took him and Janeth to Belguim and Italy.  They so enjoyed their travels, they returned to Europe more than once. He was a founding member of the Delaware Valley Pigeon Club, and he kept pigeons well into his 80’s. After retiring, He and Janeth decided to become “snowbirds” for 15 years, traveling all over the U.S., but especially the Western states of Arizona, and New Mexico.  They spent their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Baja Mexico, winning a dance contest at a local cantina. William will be remembered for his skilled woodworking and avid storytelling, both of which required an acute attention to detail, and graceful embellishment. Everyone appreciated his counsel. He will forever be held in our hearts as forthright, unwaveringly loyal, fair, and with a kindness that had always shown through.

Services will be private at the family request.

Donations may be made in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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