William C. McCaulley

William C. McCaulley, 90, Lakemont, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg after a brief battle with bone cancer.

He was born on Brush Mountain, son of Bertram R. and M. Elizabeth (Coho) McCaulley. He married Miriam S. Leidy on June 24, 1949, in Lakemont, and she died Jan. 8, 2004, after having shared 54 years of marriage.

Surviving are two daughters: Lois K. Rogers and husband, Greg, of Warsaw, Ind., and Janice L. McDowell and husband, Andy, of Altoona; five grandchildren: Julie Bauer, Eric Rogers, Andrea McDowell-Bowers, Alicia McDowell and Alexis McDowell; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers: J. Allen of Altoona and Pastor James A. of Indiana, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Lynn Rogers; and six brothers: Pastor Glenn, Bertram “Bud,” Donald, Thomas, K. Paul and Pastor D. David.

Bill was a 1940 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in February 1943 and served as a sergeant in the South Pacific during WWII. He was initially employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1941 and retired from Conrail as a maintenance foreman in November 1983.

Bill was a lifelong member of Grace Bible Church, Hollidaysburg, where he served in the greeter’s ministry and as a youth leader, deacon, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, music director and on the pastoral search committee. He taught at the Keystone Bible Institute and was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference men’s chorus. He formerly served on the Precious Life board and was an Altoona Hospital volunteer with 19 years of service and an usher for the Altoona Curve.

He enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing with his brothers, golfing and working in his brother-in-law’s greenhouse.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Grace Bible Church, Hollidaysburg, by Pastors Daren Ritchey and James A. McCaulley. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery with military honors by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Araminta Freedom Initiative (founded by Bill’s granddaughter, Alicia McDowell), P.O. Box 22106, Baltimore, MD 21203 (aramintafreedom.org).