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William Diehl Lober Melcher

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William Diehl Lober Melcher of Shannondell, Audubon, Pa. William Diehl Lober Melcher, 83 of Shannondell, Audubon, husband of Caroline Merroth Melcher, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. He was the son of the late Martin Melcher and the late Jane D. Lober Melcher. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Melcher Davis, her husband John and granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Winger, all of Hanover, Va. Born Nov. 22, 1929 in Bryn Mawr, he grew up in St. Davids and in 1948 move to Malvern (Bacton Hill) where he met his wife-to-be. Bill graduated from The Episcopal Academy in 1948 and Haverford College with a degree in chemistry in 1952. Later, he graduated with a master's degree in secondary education and administration from The University of Pennsylvania. Bill was employed by The Phelps School in Malvern for 34 years as a chemistry teacher, head of the science department and Dean of students. He was a devoted teacher and was held in high regard by his students, many of whom he was still in touch. Also, Bill owned and operated WDLM Communications and Servicing in Frazer for 14 years. He loved talking with his customers and was highly respected for his quality workmanship. He was a member of The American Chemistry Society and The National Science Teacher's Association. Bill held an Extra Class Amateur Radio License, WA3AFI and was a member of the K3BKG Amateur Radio Club of West Chester. He was a member of Saint Francis-in-the Fields Episcopal Church for 50 years. He was a Sunday school teacher, Vestry member, Lay Reader/Chalicist and served as an Acolyte Trainer for many years. Relatives and friends are invited to his memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Saint Francis-in-the Fields Episcopal Church, 689 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355, with a visitation beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church Endowment Fund. Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, 610-696-1181; www.DellaFH.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Dec. 19, 2012
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