William H. Verity January 4, 1941 - September 22, 2012 William H. Verity, 71, of State College, died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at The Fairways at Brookline after a courageous four-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer, with loving family and friends at his side comforting him throughout his final days. Born Jan. 4, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late James Lee and Ruth Donish Verity. His family eventually moved to Drexel Hill, Pa., where he was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Upper Darby High School. Having met at the Ogontz Campus of Penn State (now Abington), he married A. Lynne Davis on August 24, 1963, in New Hope, Pa., who survives. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by, his daughter Tara, of Boalsburg; his son, Richard K. Verity and wife, Diana, of Oakland Park, Fla.; and his grandson and granddaughter, Lucas and Reese Verity, of Oakland Park, Fla. Also surviving are his brother, John and wife, Becky, of Boise, Idaho; his sister Anne Oldham and husband, Dave, of Morgantown, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Ken Davis, of Indio, Calif.; and three nephews, two nieces and their families. He was a graduate of Penn State University
with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in statistics. He never left Penn State having worked there for 46 years where he did research, consulting and software support for faculty and staff at the Center for Academic Computing, which later became a part of Information Technology Services. He was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. A longtime resident of Toftrees, he served as treasurer of the Toftrees Homeowners Association. Bill was a lifetime American Red Cross blood donor, donating over 21 gallons for which he received The Frances G. Pasto Milestone Blood Donor Award. He was a member of the State College Presbyterian Church where he served as a choir member and elder. He was a member of the State College Elks. He was a longtime active member of the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus and sang bass in the School Board Quartet. He loved spending time with family and friends. And over the years, he enjoyed reading, singing, playing cards, playing games, bowling, fishing, scuba diving, playing golf, skiing and tackling home improvement projects. His family, and a wide circle of friends and co-workers commonly, and independently, describe Bill as devoted, patient, kind, helpful, persistent, modest, dedicated, voice of calm, no less in conditions where these attributes are rarely expected. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. A celebration of his life will be held at the State College Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The details of the service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the State College Presbyterian Church (for new hymnals), 132 W. Beaver Ave., State College, PA 16801 or the
, 123 S. Sparks St., State College, PA 16801 or Canine Partners for Life, P.O. Box 170, Cochranville, PA 19330 or donate a pint of blood to the American Red Cross - "in memory of."