William J. ‘Bill’ Foreman

May 25, 1941 Dec. 22, 2013

William J. “Bill” Foreman, 72, Rural Hall, N.C., went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday.

He was born in Coalport, son of Ellis B. and Margaret (Schmittle) Foreman. He grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Portage area schools until his senior year when he joined his older brother who was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. While in Germany, he graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in 1959.

Upon returning to the United States, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he was trained and worked as a dental assistant. He was honorably discharged at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, on May 24, 1963.

Bill held many positions over the years: coal miner, heavy duty equipment operator, machinist, mechanic, construction worker, where he was certified in residential electricity, plumbing, and heating, in a rock quarry, and as an income tax preparer for H&R Block. Later in life he returned to college at St. Francis where he took classes with a major in accounting.

He loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed working with his hands making beautiful woodwork and stained glass pieces, including Tiffany lamps for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Dee; a brother, Richard (Patricia); and a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Buttons (Robert). Bill was the father of six children: Lawrence (Maggie), William, Kimberly Mazzarese (Phil), Raymond (Diane), Jamie Doi (Deron) and Dena; numerous stepchildren, including Bill Bloom (Robyn); and grandchildren and great-grandchildren too numerous to mention.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a step-brother, John Robert Pantell; and two brothers: Charles and Joseph James.

A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to your favorite charity or to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences can be made at