William Briggs

William M. Briggs Jr.

Monday, November 11th, 1940 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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William MacFarland Briggs, Jr., 80, of Tusseyville, passed away November 20, 2020. Born November 11, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA. The son of William MacFarland Briggs, Sr. and Eleanor Lott Briggs, siblings Robert and Susan.

After graduating high school William joined the U. S. Navy and served from 1958 to 1964. Upon honorable discharge he began his academic career at Penn State University completing degrees in higher education. After graduating, he started his career at Penn State and retired in 1994.

William had two daughters, from his first marriage, Deborah Briggs (four grandchildren) and Amanda Demangone (Anthony, two grandchildren). He married Gloria Decker (Briggs) in a 1989. With that marriage he had two step-daughters Lori Holderman and Sharon Hilliard (Samuel), one step son Randy Decker (Rhonda). There are nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren from this marriage. 

William was very interested and knowledgeable about the Civil War and other military operations. He was a member of the Board of the Roland Curtin Foundation and helped with many activities and fund raisers. He also served with the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society for some twenty years. William was loved by all and lit up any room he entered. He often shared stories and reminisced on childhood memories of Philadelphia and his summers at the shore (OCNJ).

No formal services will be held at this time, but a celebration of William’s life will be announced for a later date. Arrangement are under the direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring St., Milesburg.
Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome.com.
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Gary V. Hoover

Posted at 10:39am
I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Gloria and all of Bill's Family. Bill's quiet presence at the Curtin Foundation's Board meetings will be missed. I am very grateful for all his services of the Board and the Foundation. Sharing a common interest in military history with Bill, I enjoyed our discussions and will miss him and them. The world would be a much better place with more people like Bill Briggs in it.

Gary Hoover for the Hoover Family

Sandra Smith Hart

Posted at 09:10am
Gloria and Family: Please accept my condolences for Bill's recent passing. May God grant you his perfect peace and may you gain strength in knowing that your family will be together again. Sandra Smith Hart, Bellefonte, PA

Georgene A. Searfoss

Posted at 08:22am
Gloria and Family, I'm sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My deepest sympathy at your loss. May your family and friends share in his moment with God giving you strength and courage. Georgene Searfoss, Spring Mills, PA

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