William J. Lytle
York - William (Bill) Joseph Lytle, 83, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021 at WellSpan York Hospital. Born in York, PA on August 3, 1937, Bill was the third of four sons of the late John T. and Florence E. (Hagarman) Lytle. He grew up in West York on Florida Avenue and was an active member of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Rosa Mystica, his high school yearbook, described characteristics seen throughout his life: "ideal homeroom president… friendly smile for everyone… perpetual tease… a wonderful friend and great teammate… shoulders any responsibility… our fine football captain… an outstanding scholar." A scrappy three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball, and football) and an inquisitive student, "Captain Billy" was one of the few centers in York Catholic High School football to score a touchdown and was recognized by his teammates and coaches as the Most Valuable Player in YCHS football in 1955. He also was a member of the 1954 YCHS PCIAA B Class State Runner-up Boys Basketball team and graduated as salutatorian of his 1955 YCHS class.
An R.O.T.C. scholarship led Bill to Villanova University, where he graduated in 1960 with a Bachelors of Engineering. Shortly thereafter he married Patricia Mumma, and moved to Camp Lejeune, NC to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and begin his family.
Returning to York was never far from his mind. After completing his service as a Marine, Bill was invited by Francis "Bud" Wagman to return to G. A. & F. C. Wagman, where he had interned during his college summers. Through his twenty-plus years of service there, he ascended to Vice President and led the piling division as they built bridges, interchanges, and overpasses throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. In 1990, Bill and his son, William Anthony, established their own company, Midlantic Piling Inc. where they continued focusing on infrastructure projects. He beamed with pride when sharing the tangible results of his life's work, and his children and grandchildren can point to many of "Pop's Bridges." The projects which brought him the most joy were his involvement with Ravens Stadium in Baltimore and the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. Bill was a founding member of Deep Foundations Institute in 1976 and was active in the Pile Driving Contractors Association. Bill loved the challenge of finding elegant and cost effective solutions for construction foundation projects and could easily lose himself in them.
Bill served as the first president of Saint Patrick's Parish Council after the Second Vatican Council allowed such a group. He was instrumental in establishing and presenting the Anthony Atkinson Award at York Catholic, an award that recognizes the male athlete who best exemplifies scholastic ability, student leadership, and moral character. He relished that opportunity to solemnly honor his classmate and dear friend Anthony Michael Atkinson USNR, who was killed while on active duty in 1961.
Much of Bill's free time was spent razzing anyone who opposed his favorite teams during any given season, particularly Notre Dame and Ravens' football, York Catholic and Villanova basketball, and his beloved Orioles' baseball. His family delighted in the sand boats he built for them during summers in Avalon, NJ or piling in the car for a mystery ride. Many a night was spent cracking crabs and slurping oysters, and if he was expecting your call he'd playfully answer, "Sam's Bar and Grill!"
Bill is survived by four children, Julie Lytle (Carol Bolstad) of Hyannis, MA, Mary Lynne Nugent (Gregory) of Arlington, VA, William Lytle (Sharon McCarthy) of York and Karen Cichon (Christopher) of Wakefield, RI; nine grandchildren; one brother, James Lytle of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jeanine Lytle, and two brothers, John T. Lytle, Jr. and the Rev. Gerald Lytle.
Friends and relatives are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11 am in St. Rose of Lima Church, 950 W Market St, York. The Rev. Samuel Houser is celebrant. Viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. until the start of Mass. Burial will be in Holy Saviour Cemetery.
For information, visit The John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory website: https://kefferfh.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Bill's alma mater, York Catholic High School, 601 E. Springettsbury Avenue, York, PA 17403, https://yorkcatholic.org/donate
. You might consider designating your gift to support the Anthony Atkinson Memorial Award.
Published by York Daily Record from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2021.