William Detwiler

Obituary of William C. Detwiler

William C. Detwiler passed away at home, Friday, July 29, 2022, one day after he celebrated his 96th birthday with family.  Son of M. Wesley Detwiler and Katherine C. Allebach), he Is survived by his wife, Judith Smith Detwiler; his son, Tim Detwiler (Charlene Bunnell); daughters Rebecca Hileman (Ike Hileman); and Lise Detwiler (Ed Hemschoot). He will be very missed by his eight grandchildren -- Jake Hileman (Ashley Hileman), Becky Twiford (Hicham Hachmi-Lanri), Mandy Bowman (Jon Bowman), Owen Hileman, Dan Twiford, Abbey Detwiler, Hannah Oler (Jason Oler), and Emma Detwiler (Tony Sanchez).  His seven great grandchildren were also fortunate to know him: Ben Bowman, Grace Bowman, Keller Hileman, Brooks Hileman, Karim Hachmi-Lanjri, Idris Hachmi-Lanjri, and Logan Oler.

Bill was born in Norristown, PA in 1926 and graduated from Norristown High School in 1944, after which he enlisted in the Navy. Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Drexel University, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He and Judy, having met in eighth grade, married November 1948.  Bill began his career with Bethlehem Steel and then moved to Philadelphia Electric Company as a manager, working in both the gas and electric divisions. When he retired in 1988, he was superintendent of the Main Line division. 

When he wasn’t working, Bill enjoyed golf and bridge, along with woodworking, reading, playing the piano, weaving, camping, and gardening. One of his delights was being “camp counselor“ for Camp Detwilly – the at-home summer camp for his grandchildren. He was a member of Wentz’s United Church of Christ and sang in the choir. Also, he belonged to the Commodore Computer Club at Villanova University.

A private memorial service for family will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, August 6, at Wentz’s United Church of Christ, Cedars, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Bill’s memory to the Daily Bread Food Pantry, 3938 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19428.

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