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William Weingartner

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WEINGARTNER, WILLIAM J. BILL, 81, of Arnold, passed away peacefully in the arms of Joan, his wife of 30 years, at 5:15pm on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Bill suffered a stroke in January 2014 and worked to his utmost to recover, but suffered from complications of pneumonia and entered hospice last week. Always curious, Bill thrived on learning both theoretical and practical. Contemplative, he considered subjects deeply and shared his opinions honestly, 'though sometimes with subtle humor requiring a second take. Enchanted with arts and technology, he studied both with equal enthusiasm. And he always got pleasure from sharing his interests with others, especially teaching his children and grandchildren new skills. Bill was born March 15, 1933, in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, to Regina and Jerry Weingartner. He attended high school and university in Louisiana, earning degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He enlisted in the Air Force, which recognized the language talents he had developed with many years of Latin, French, and Greek study. The Air Force sent him to Yale University to study Chinese Language and Literature, after which he served in the USAF Security Service as a Chinese interpreter in Korea. After completing four years of service, Bill earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at LSU, then worked for Westinghouse and for the Navy. He earned a PhD in Psychology and used the combination of Electrical Engineering and Psychology to evaluate control panel design in Navy submarines for efficient human interaction. Bill and Joan married in August 1983. Together, they enjoyed travel, tennis, flying, ballroom dancing, and especially sharing their mutual desire to learn new things. Hikes became opportunities for Bill to teach Joan the Latin names of the flower and trees they saw. Educational videos accompanied many meals and kept their minds active. Road trips gave them time to listen to classical music and read to each other. Classes at the community college and senior center enhanced their life with exercise, learning languages, and gaining computer skills. Bill and Joan spent their most precious time sharing their lives and learning, in happy times and sad, with loving family and friends. Bill was the dearly loved husband and friend of Joan Weingartner. He is lovingly remembered by their shared children and spouses Michael and wife Jenny Weingartner, Jodi and husband John Altendorf, Keith and wife Stephanie Montor, Lee and husband Lee Derr, and Tammy and husband Gary Ramos; brothers Francis, Jerry, Jim, and Regis, and sisters Claire, Jeanne, Sheila, and Teresa; grandchildren Eric, Kyle and wife Kelly, and Kira Altendorf; David, Ryan, Ian, Victor, Elise, and Christa Ramos; and Jack and Kali Derr; and all the family and friends who knew and loved him. Bill always said, "The best gift I can give someone is to help them, to do something for them, or to teach them how to do something." Thank you, Bill. Friends may visit on Sunday May 18, 2014 from 3-5:00pm at the Barranco & Sons,P.A Severna Park Funeral Home 495 Ritchie Hwy. Severna Park, MD 21146. A Service will be held on Sunday May 18 at 4:00pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 2:30pm in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Bill by giving to the . www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on May 16, 2014
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