William L. Hughes, 97, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away early Saturday morning at Hollidaysburg Veteran Home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Oreminea, rural Williamsburg, son of the late Howard L. and Lucinda (Zimmerman) Hughes. He married Dorothy E. Stacey on Aug. 28, 1941, in Winchester, Va., and she passed away on Jan. 9, 1992.
Surviving are two sons: William K. (wife, Diane) of Woodbury and Robert L. of Williamsburg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Minnie Grannas of Williamsburg; and three brothers: John of Armagh, Ralph of Williamsburg and Raymond of New Florence.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Lola Hughes and Bessie Treese; and a brother, Melvin.
Bill had attended the Mines one-room schoolhouse, rural Williamsburg. He was an army veteran of WWII, serving from 1941-1945 with the 2nd Division, 23rd Infantry (Indianhead Division), attaining the rank of Private First Class.
Bill retired as a trackman/patrolman from Penn Central Railroad in 1976, after 34 years of service.
He was a longtime member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Bill was a life member and former director of Shady Trail Riding Club, rural Woodbury, and also a member of Williamsburg VFW Memorial Post, and Bonner-Sollenberger American Legion Post, Williamsburg. He enjoyed small game and deer hunting, and was a longtime avid horseman.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 27, 2013, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, with Pastor Heather A. Hughes officiating. Interment, will full military honors accorded by Blair County Veterans Honor Guard, will follow at Royer Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.