William P. Motto

CATAWISSA — William P. Motto, 90, of Creek Road, died Friday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, where he had been a patient for almost a week. He had been in failing health for the past several months.

He was born Nov. 20,1923 in Franklin Township, a son of the late John and Mary Rumberger Motto.

As a young lad, he worked for Rohrbach's Farms, was a logger for Jake Leisenring, worked for 5 Points Electric, for his brother at John Motto Appliance, and for the last 28-plus years for Knoebel's Amusement Park, retiring in 2012 at the age of 87.

He was a member of Kulp United Methodist Church, a life member of Southside Hunting Club, Catawissa, and All Sports Hunting Camp, Lycoming County.

William enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a wonderful father, grandfather and provider.

He is survived by daughters, Cecelia Carl, and her husband, Michael, Dawn Dent and her husband, Franklin, all of Catawissa; a daughter-in-law, Mary Motto, of Millville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Anna Kundrick, of Lime Ridge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Madaline A. Baskin, who died in 2001 ending a marital union of 56 years. He also was preceded in death by a son, William R. Motto, who was buried the day William died; brothers, John, Michael and Charles Yost, and sisters, Helen Young, Nora Haladay and Kathryn Krick.


MOTTO — William P. Motto, 90, of Creek Road, Catawissa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Kulp United Methodist Church, Kulp Road, Catawissa, with the Rev. Chad Carter, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery, Catawissa. Visitation for friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kulp United Methodist Church c/o Chad Carter, 521 Shuman St., Catawissa 17820.

Funeral Home

Allen R Horne Funeral Home
193 Mcintyre Rd Catawissa, PA 17820
(570) 356-2288

Published in The News Item on Feb. 11, 2014