HOAGLAND, William Wesphel, Jr., passed this life on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Born in Williamsport, Pa. and raised in Sunbury, Pa., Bill married Mary Ruth Brown of Mullens and Columbia, S.C. They were married 60 years before her demise in 2004 from ALS. Bill survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor and went on to serve as a bombardier, completing 55 arial combat missions in the southwestern Pacific during WWII. He retired from the USAF at Langley AF Base after 30 years of service. He later worked for Teledyn in Hampton, Va. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Sharon A. McHale and her husband, Peter, of Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Pamela J. Burton and her husband, Skip, of Mechanicsville, Va.; and grandsons, Travis Burton and Taylor Burton, also of Mechanicsville, Va. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy L. Valenti and husband, Bill; and sister-in-law, Geri Hoagland, all of Sunbury, Pa. Bill's twin brothers Harold and Albert are deceased.
Graveside service to be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Bill will be most remembered as a devoted husband, an enjoyable, perfect father and all-consuming grandfather. Bill was so proud of his sons-in-law and treasured their friendship. He was a noteworthy friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
His remarkable WWII stories, his humor and kindness will be forever missed, but forever passed forward.
"Fair winds and following seas, shipmate." -Your friend, Keith
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Oct. 17, 2021.
I will miss you Bill each day that passes by . 99 yrs old and could tell a story and joke like nobody's business . Your love for music and the way you would remember your wife as though you were dancing in that moment and time. I loved every moment of that look in your eyes . Your kindness and your love of our country were just a few of the things we admired about you. We were also so grateful for having the opportunity to be your friend and caregivers . Thank you for the memories we will hold dear to our hearts forever .Until we meet again Bill We love you