April 28, 2014
William A. Hauptly, 86, of Caernarvon Township, passed away Monday at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading.
He was the husband of Dorothy Reber Hauptly, whom he married almost 65 years ago on May 21, 1949.
Born March 22, 1928, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Alfred M. and Kathryn R. Klitsch Hauptly.
He was a graduate of Pottsville High School.
William worked in the anthracite coal mines and then in mechanical maintenance for several companies, including Grace Mine, Bethlehem Steel and Pottstown School District, where he was supervisor of buildings and grounds.
He was a member of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Mohnton, where he served as usher for several years.
William was very involved in Boy Scouts of America. He proudly served as a Webelo and Scout leader for many years and took his troops on trips all over the country and Canada. Together with his son's troop, they built a cabin that still stands on his property today.
William was preceded in death by sisters, Alfredine Hauptly and Barbara Weiss; and a brother, Gerald J. Hauptly.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two children, James A. Hauptly, husband of Eileen, Wernersville, and Duane A. Hauptly, Morgantown; five siblings, Rose Shaffer, Baltimore, Md., Agnes Weber, Florida, Laura Andrews, Souderton, Alfred L. Hauptly, Pottsville, and Marie Plasha, Sinking Spring; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Benedict Church, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton. Viewings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., 739 Penn Ave., West Reading, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in Caernarvon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton, PA 19540. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com