William R. Koontz, 78, of Plank Road, Everett, PA; went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at home. He was born on September 11, 1944 in Yellow Creek, PA; a son of the late Benjamin C. and Vera M. (Hall) Koontz. On March 30, 1968 in the Everett Church of the Brethren, he married Gloria J. (Swindell) Koontz. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2010.
He is survived by siblings Ronald D. Koontz married to Nancy (Edwards), Everett and Diane M. married to Larry “Frankie” Swope, Everett, PA; sisters-in-law Betty Koontz and Sally Koontz, Everett, PA; numerous special nieces, nephews and many special friends that he would talk about daily that kept him smiling and happy. His wonderful helping neighbors Jennifer and Jason Foor and their children; Rochelle, Kelsey, and Mazi; The Cottle Boys; his buddy from down east Donnie Batzel; the Bottenfield’s, and many others.
He was preceded in death by brothers Robert B. Koontz and Glenn C. Koontz.
Bill worked for New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company for forty years until his retirement in 2006.
Bill, Uncle Bill, “Ole Buddy” will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was an avid Richard Petty race fan. Bill always had a smile, wave or “hey ole buddy” for everyone he knew and even those he didn’t. There wasn’t a local diner, coffee shop, hardware store or every day stop where he could walk into and not know someone. He would always lend a helping hand to someone who needed it whether it was a tractor repair, a ride, bailing hay or simply just to be there! He enjoyed every Wheel Horse tractor show he could get to with his nephew Brad. He also enjoyed the Alum Bank Classic Car Weekend. Every year he would take his Wheel Horse tractors and a homemade trailer with all the great nephews, Carter, Cameron, Kyle and Anthony and niece Lydia, to throw candy in the parade.
He enjoyed the tractor pulls and who could forget the Oreo cookies he always had available to anyone who stopped by his truck. He always enjoyed his daily conversations with Ray and anyone else who would stop by at his garage for the day.
His wife, Gloria, who he adored, was certainly waiting with open arms when he arrived into heaven.
Friends and Family may call at the Akers Funeral Home, 299 Raystown Road, Everett on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9:00 A.M. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Akers Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Beverly Swindell officiating.
Burial will be held at the Yellow Creek Reformed Cemetery.
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