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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William P. Norton Jr.
April 25, 1931 - September 3, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Memorial Service - Saturday, September 9, 2023, 11:00 AM at Crossroads Fellowship Church, Willow Grove
Military Honors - Saturday, September 9, 2023, 11:00 AM at Crossroads Fellowship Church, Willow Grove


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Crossroads Fellowship Church - 1404 North Hills Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-5207 - Map
Family Florist - Beth’s Flower Boutique - 369 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044 - 215-672-8901 - Map
Donation - American Heart Association - 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 - 1-800-242-8721 - Map
Donation - VA - Montgomery County Department of Veteran’s Affairs Montgomery County Human Services Center - 1430 DeKalb Street - PO Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404 - 610-278-3285 - Map

The following obituary was written by William’s family.

William P. Norton (Bill) of Abington, Pa, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2023, at his residence at Sunrise Assisted Living. He was 92 years old. Bill was born on April 25, 1931, in Jenkintown, Pa. He was the only child of Jeanette and William Norton Sr. He is the beloved husband of Nancy Norton (nee-Schenkel), beloved father of daughter Sue Evans and her husband Bill, son Bill Norton and his wife Colleen, son Bob Norton and his wife Lynne, and daughter Sandi Mackereth and her husband Jerry. Bill is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Jenkintown High School in 1949. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the US Marine Corp, serving for 18 months before being honorably discharged, marrying Nancy Schenkel in 1952 just prior to serving in the US Marine Corp. Bill was stationed in various locations in North Carolina until his discharge. After serving his country Bill and Nancy moved back to their hometown of Jenkintown, Pa where Bill started his apprenticeship in the carpentry field which he made his career for 35 years as a proud member of Philadelphia Carpenters Local 122, serving on the Executive Board for many years. During his years as a carpenter in the construction industry, Bill eventually rose to the position of project manager, overseeing many complex projects throughout his career. Bill eventually retired from the construction industry at the age of 59, but only briefly until entering back into the workforce as a Code Official for various Pennsylvania municipalities. Bill eventually retired for the final time at the age of 90. Throughout his career, Bill developed many close friendships and gained the respect of all he worked with, known for his fairness and dedication to excellence. Bill loved sports, and was instrumental in establishing the midget football program in Upper Dublin Township, the town in which Bill and his father, Bill Norton Sr. built the house Bill and Nancy would raise their family in. Bill coached youth athletics and loved his Penn State Nittany Lions, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles, and any sports team any of his children and grandchildren were playing for.

Bill and Nancy were active members of the Reformed Church of Willow Grove, now the Crossroads Fellowship Church.

Bill will be missed by many, and it can be said that he lived a long and fulfilling life, always living his life as a very proud US Marine…. Semper Fi!!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Veteran’s Administration and or the American Heart Association.  

A memorial service was held at the Crossroads Fellowship Church located at 1404 North Hills Ave, Willow Grove, PA, beginning at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 9th, 2023.

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