III YORK William "Bill" Mitchell Fredericks III, 89, passed away on March 4, 2014, at ManorCare - Kingston Court, with his loving family by his side. Bill was the devoted husband of Gladys "Hon" Fredericks for 63 years. Bill was born in Lock Haven on April 25, 1924, the son of the late Florence and William Mitchell Fredericks, Jr. Bill graduated from Lock Haven High School where he was a member of the football, track, basketball, and wrestling teams. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers and was honorably discharged in December 1945 after three years of combat in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Bill received a Good Conduct Medal, a European Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, a World War II Victory Medal, and two Purple Hearts. After the war, he studied Physical Education at West Chester College. Bill was an account manager for copier companies in the South Central PA region throughout his 30 year career. Fondly known as "Mr. Copier," he was named Salesman of the Year for the Savin Corp. in 1974. He was a dedicated fan of Pitt athletics and St. Louis Cardinals baseball, an avid bowler for over thirty years, and enjoyed yearly visits to the beach with his family. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by three daughters, Paulette Smyers and husband Gale, Billie Jean Toerper, and Susan Fredericks, all of York; three grandsons, Matthew Fredericks Toerper and wife Kelly McCann, and Michael Fredericks Toerper of Baltimore, Andrew Fredericks Toerper and wife Christina of Pittsburgh; and one great-granddaughter, Teagan McCann Toerper. Bill had a deep, abiding love for his family and lived life simply with humor, and compassion for those less fortunate. His favorite moments were spent with his family chatting about sports, weather, history and current events. Bill was an avid reader, and would amaze his family with his retention of details. It is difficult to imagine the world without this wonderful husband, dad, and "Pap". His spirit will endure through cherished memories that are relived with joy and sweet sadness. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." A private memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon VA Medical Center - 10V, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042 (Specify 8101 Fund).
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 7, 2014