William R. Saylor R.S.
May 21, 1940 – May 31, 2017
William R. Saylor, 77, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness.
He was born in Frederick, Md., son of the late Helen S. Saylor-Burkhart. On Nov. 25, 1961, he married Rita M. Steinbugl at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 29, 2012, after having shared 50 years of marriage.
Surviving are three sons: Thomas (Debra) Saylor, Chuck (Karee) Saylor and Drew (Debbie) Saylor, all of Altoona; a daughter, Dené (Tim) Schaut of Altoona; nine grandchildren: Lindsay (Stephen) Repko-Holland, Abby Repko, Nick Smith and Casey (C.J. Kowalski) Smith, Alyse, Sam and Ellaina Saylor and Madison and Joe Saylor; a sister, Delores (Ed) McCoy of Altoona; three brothers-in-law: Ed (Debbie) Steinbugl, Jim (Debbie) Steinbugl and Lou (Maureen) Steinbugl; five sisters-in-law: Shirley (Jack) Donoughe, Betty (Tom) Schimminger, Nancy Artmeier, Theresa (Rex) Divens and Trudy Saylor; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Schatzi.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Bardell; and a brother, George L. Saylor Jr.
William was a 1959 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School. He was a member of Troop I in the PA Army National Guard from 1956-66, attaining the rank of Sergeant E-6, 2nd platoon, where he was a rifle squad leader.
He attended Penn State University, Altoona, from 1969-71, majoring in land surveying. He became a professional land surveyor on Aug. 20, 1971, when he achieved the designation of registered surveyor (R.S.). He was active in performing land surveys until January of 2007. On June 15, 1993, after 33 years of service, he retired as a property manager and real estate tech II for PA Department of Transportation. He had previously been a surveyor tech.
He was a life-member of Bavarian Aid Society (“Here I come, Frank”), Unter Uns, Swiss Club, Brush Mountain Sportsman’s Association and Rendezvous Hunting Camp. He enjoyed bird watching, deer hunting, trout fishing, annual fishing trips to Canada, bowling at Bavarian Hall in the mixed league and the retired men’s league and camping along the Juniata River in May and September with the Ciavarella Family. He loved his friends and the super bowl parties in Charlotte, N.C. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening, and he was an avid sports fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family gatherings.
Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona, Monsignor Timothy P. Stein celebrant. Committal will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in William’s memory be made to Palliative Care Unit at UPMC Altoona. This may be done by writing “Palliative Care Unit” in the memo line of a check mailed to UPMC Altoona Foundation, 620 Howard Ave., Altoona, PA 16601-4889.