William ‘Lew’ Figard

William “Lew” Figard, 93, Six Mile Run, died Tuesday at UPMC Bedford Memorial.

He was born in Round Knob, son of Calvin John and Myrtle Elizabeth Figard. He married Lorraine Batzel on March 12, 1946, in Washington, D.C.

Surviving are four daughters: Sandy Black and husband, Allen, of Loysburg, Charlene Dodson and husband, Michael, of Sherman’s Valley, Sabrina Snyder and husband, Ernie, of Defiance and Louita Press and husband, Steven, of Bedford; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons: Stanley and William Jr.; three brothers: Carl, Anthony and Emerson; and six sisters: Bertha, Edna, Leota, Rose, Margaret and Jean.

Lew served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII from January 1940 until June 1944 and was stationed in the Pacific from 1942-44. During the battle of Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, he was severely wounded and discharged due to his injuries. After the war, he worked as a construction electrician on large retail, government and business facilities until his retirement in 1973.

Lew was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 307, American Legion and VFW.

Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church St., Saxton. Full military honors will be conducted by the Broad Top Area Honor Guard. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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