William "Bill" Fertig

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William "Bill" Fertig, USN, Retired, 79, of Doctors Inlet, Fla., went to Heaven on Sunday.

Born April 14, 1939, in Locustdale, he grew up in Lavelle and after graduating from Ashland Area High School, joined the Navy, serving 22 years. He made chief while serving in the Vietnam War. After retiring, he was a Realtor for 30 years.

Larger than life, Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter, skeet shooter and dart shooter, serving many years as the chief referee for the State of Florida and Zone 4 with the National Skeet Shooting Association, and was founder and past president of the Northeast Florida Dart Association. In 1978, he won the Florida Men's State Championship in darts. In skeet shooting, he was a past state champion and back-to-back World Champion in the Referee Event in 1980 and 1981. He was a Hall of Fame inductee in both skeet and darts.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Wink, father, Newton Wayne Fertig, and stepfather, Harold Wink, all of Lavelle; sister, Carol Brennan, Girardville; brother-in-law, Robert Walter Sr., Hatboro; mother-in-law, Helen Zerby, Ashland; nephews, Paul Rickard, Lavelle; Kaleb Todd, Girardville; niece, Denise Fertig, Ashland.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Kay, and daughter, Susan R. Fertig, both of Doctors Inlet; son, Wayne and daughter-in-law, Susan L. Fertig, both of Gretna, Louisiana; grandchildren, Joanna (Lance) Burchett, Zanesville, Ohio, Dustin (Nicole) Fertig, and Michael Jones, all of Middleburg, and Amber Rosario, Doctors Inlet; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Gloria Walter, Hatboro; sister, Marsha, and brother-in-law, Charles Rickard, brother, Robert Fertig, all of Lavelle; brother-in-law, Robert Brennan, Elysburg; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, several friends of his son and daughter that grew up being considered as additional kids, and a multitude of friends.

A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park, Fla., with Pastor Jerry Nordsiek and Pastor Tommie Darm officiating with military honors. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Advent Lutheran Church, VFW, Fleet Reserve, NRA, Ronald McDonald House, or . Please sign the family's online guest book at www.broadusraines.com. Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove, Springs, FL 32043.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Oct. 12, 2018
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