William C. Longnecker, 89 years, of Petersburg, died Tuesday morning at St. Anne's Mercy Hospital.
Born January 17, 1925, in Petersburg, MI, William was the son of Ralph and Elizabeth (Sommers) Longnecker. A Petersburg High School Graduate, he served with the U.S. Army in the 84th infantry from 1944 to 1949, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, three Bronze Stars in the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Combat Infantryman Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.
He married Olivia Ibasfalean, February 20, 1950, in Ida, MI. Olivia died October 7, 1995.
William worked for Teledyne for 30 years, he also owned and operated Longnecker Nursery with his wife from 1962 until present. Their nursery began as a hobby, when someone gave the couple 50 seedlings. With her he sold deciduous shrubs, evergreens and shade trees. He was the member of The Lynn C. Weeman Post 514 of the American Legion, Lambertville Post 9656 of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ottawa Lake Sportsman Club. William's Hobbies included farming, gardening, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
Survivors include three sons, William R. (Karen), Samuel, Pat (Dianne); one daughter, Olivia (Terrance) Cox; three brothers, Ronald (Sandy), James (Norma), Charles; three sisters, Evelyn Fritenberger, Mary Cassidy, Jeannie Prettyman; one sister-in-law, Helen Long; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; one brother, Raymond, and one sister, Eloise Lada.
Friends may call at the Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, Thursday, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. He will lie in state at Capaul Funeral Home Friday, from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Pastor Albert Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Petersburg where grave side military services will be conducted by the Lambertville Post 9656 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorial contributions for Mr. Longnecker may be made to the
or the American Cancer Association.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 20, 2014