William D. “Kelly” Hetrick, 89, a resident of Union Township, died on Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2013, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville following an extended illness.
His family was his life.
A resident of Brookville most of his life, he was born in Coolspring, Pa., on Dec. 19, 1923, a son of the late Everett T. Hetrick and Mary G. Alcorn Hetrick.
William’s entire 40-year career was spent in the coal mining industry.
He retired in 1984 from C & K Coal Company (formerly W. P. Stahlman Coal Company), where he worked for 31 years as a Coal Preparation Plant Manager.
Previously, he worked as a Weigh Master for five years at Freebrook Coal Mining Company and four years at DuBois Coal Mining Company.
Prior to serving during World War II, he worked for Curtis Wright in Beaver, Pa., as an Airplane Propeller Inspector for two years.
He attended the Coolspring Presbyterian Church, the Brookville E.U.M. Church and the Corsica Pisgah Presbyterian Church.
He graduated with honors from Brookville Area High School in 1941 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and family.
Throughout his life, he also enjoyed carpentry, drilling for coal, barbequing, bowling, snowmobiling, camping, hunting, fishing and roller-skating.
William was extremely proud and honored to be a veteran of WWII, during which he served in the United States Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant.
He was a navigator on a B29 Superfortress Bomber serving in the Pacific Theatre.
In 1948, he married Isabel E. Burkett, who survies, of Punxsutawney.
They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
He is also survived by two sons, Terry D. Hetrick, of Polk, Pa., and Timothy R. Hetrick and wife Joyce of Brockway, Pa.; three daughters, Pamela G. Dougherty and husband Timothy of McKean, Pa., Jill A. Walters and husband Jeffrey of Sagamore Hill, Ohio, and Lori J. Dolby and husband Leonard of Wildwood, Mo.
He is also survived by four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, James R. Hetrick and wife Chiquita of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Kathryn M. Hetrick of Brookville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Roxine Hilliard; and a brother, W. Russell Hetrick.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at the funeral home with the Rev. R. James Dietrich officiating.
Interment will follow at the St. John’s Cemetery (Windy Hill), Rose Township, Jefferson County.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mahaffey DuBois Home Health, c/o Clearfield Hospital, P. O. Box 992, Clearfield, PA 16830, or to Jefferson Manor Health Center, 417 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825.