HERSHEY — William J. Kreisher Jr., 64, of 2312 Crawford Road., Bloomsburg, died at Hershey Medical Center Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
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He was born in Shamokin, Nov. 3, 1949, a son of William Sr. and Ann (Marlette) Kreisher.
Bill was a 1967 graduate of Shamokin Area High School, and was a lifeguard and swim instructor at Edgewood Park swimming pool.
In 1971, he married the love of his life, Linda Tomcavage.
Bill and his family moved to California in 1973. In March 1975, he became a police officer for the city of Burbank. He received numerous commendations for service, including the city's Profesional Esteem Award in 1985. Bill's service to the community continued until his retirement in 1992. The family returned to Pennsylvania later that year.
Bill and Linda built "My Country Heart," a country décor supplier that they operated until 2000. In 2000, Bill led his family on a NASCAR adventure. He took a position with Race-Scan Communications, operating a souvenir trailer and selling scanners and headsets at every race on the circuit.
Refusing to just fade into retirement, Bill continued to work as a merchandiser at Lowe's and as a field manager for Levy Home Entertainment. Until 2009, Bill's work ethic was only surpassed by his love of family and travel with them. He planned family vacations and camping trips often. His favorite vacation spots were Yosemite, Williamsburg, Va., California and Walt Disney World. He was always willing to help friends and family plan Disney trips and took pleasure in helping first-timers have great vacations.
Bill lived by the motto that kindness matters. He was always willing to do for others to make their lives better.
Bill is survived by his mother, Ann (Marlette) Kreisher, of Shamokin; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Denise Kreisher, of Bloomsburg; a brother, Rob Kreisher, of Shamokin; an aunt, Vera Lou Hershey, of Burbank, Calif.; a grand-puppy, Sebastian, and several cousins.
KREISHER — William J. Kreisher Jr., 64, of 2312 Crawford Road., Bloomsburg.A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the family home at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33309, or www.msfocus.org, or any local animal rescue organization of the donor's choice. The Kreisher family is being assisted by the James Kelley Funeral Home, James F. Kelley, director, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township.
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Published in The News Item from May 24 to May 25, 2014