William Mitchell Esterly Sr.
August 20, 1928 – March 20, 2020
William M. Esterly, Sr.,91, passed away on Friday, March, 20, 2020 at his home in Exeter Township, Pa. surrounded by family. He was born on August 20, 1928 to the late Raymond and Effie (Depoplaine) Esterly in Reading, Pa.
He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Olga (Welikonich) Esterly who died February 1, 2016. He is also predeceased by siblings, Kenneth Esterly, Raymond Esterly, Edwina Fix, Eileen Stalnecker, and Betty Fortna. He is survived by one sister, Jeananne Mengel , son William M. Esterly, Jr. of Exeter twp., and daughter, Renee Wertman, of Muhlenberg Twp. William also leaves behind grandsons Michael and Joseph, and three great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.
William attended Reading Senior High School and was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber, later Occidental Chemical of Pottstown, Pa, retiring in 1990. William enjoyed spending time with friends at the South End Gun Club in Exeter, Twp. trap shooting, playing cards and trips to the casinos. He had a love of cooking and baking and often treated his family to his specialty dinners of homemade pot-pie, and spaghetti. He was often counted on for his great desserts. William loved being with his family and spent much of his time with them until his death.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in William's memory may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123, https://donate3.cancer.org/.
Interment will be private at Forest Hills Memorial Park and at the discretion of William's family. A celebration of life service will be postponed and announced at a later date. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, Reiffton.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.aumansinc.com for the Esterly family.
- Raymond Esterly Sr., Father (deceased)
- Effie (Deloplaine) Esterly, Mother (deceased)
- Olga Esterly, Wife (deceased)
- Kenneth Esterly, Brother (deceased)
- Raymond Esterly, Brother (deceased)
- Edwina Fix, Sister (deceased)
- Eileen Stalnecker, Sister (deceased)
- Betty Fortna, Sister (deceased)
- William M. Esterly Jr., Son
- Renee Wertman, Daughter
- Jeananne Mengel, Sister
- Michael Esterly, Grandson
- Joseph Esterly, Grandson
- Mr. Esterly also leaves behind 3 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.
- American Cancer Society
- Memorial Gathering (TBD)