BRADFORD, Pa. - Daryl R. Williams, 90, of 440 Congress St., formerly of Rockland Avenue, passed away Tuesday (May 14, 2013) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
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A lifelong area resident, he was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Bradford. He was a son of the late Russell H. and Leona B. Roberson Williams.
He was a 1940 graduate of Bradford High School. On Sept. 8, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. While in the Army, he served with the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company A, in the Normandy Invasion, Operation Market Garden in Holland and the defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Unit Badge with Oak Leaf Cluster and the European African Middle Eastern Service Badge with four bronze stars. He was honorably discharged Oct. 16, 1945.
While training in Evansville, Ind., he met the love of his life, Martha E. Fiedler, whom he married Dec. 29, 1945, and enjoyed 67 years of marriage together.
After his military service, he was employed at Newberry's 5&10 and Dresser Manufacturing. He then was employed at the Bradford Post Office for 31 years and as a bus driver for the Bradford Area School District for several years.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 108, Disabled American Veterans Post 72 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 212. He was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church.
Daryl enjoyed being a Santa helper during the Christmas holiday and decorated his house for the community to enjoy for 12 years before passing on the tradition to his son, Dick. He and his wife enjoyed traveling during their early retirement. He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed playing poker and family gatherings.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Diane (Robert) Felmlee of Indian Trail, N.C., Dick (Linda) Williams of Bradford, JoAnn (Dave) Zeleznak of Hinckley, Ohio, Mike (Sandy) Williams of Limestone, N.Y., Mark (Joan) Williams of Allegany, N.Y., and Dennis (Stacy) Williams of Limestone. He is also survived by his deceased son Gary's fiancee, Linda Barille of Bradford; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary W. "Smiley" Williams, on May 30, 1970; and a sister, Bernice Hartburg Moser, on July 29, 2012.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 E. Main St., Bradford. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 18, 2013) with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. At the conclusion of the funeral Mass, military honors will be accorded outside the church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Bradford Hospital Hospice Memorial Fund, 116 Interstate Parkway; or to a
. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 16, 2013