William “Bill” Forrest Deavor died at Davis Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. He was 83.
Bill was born April 24, 1932, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He lived in Berwick, Pennsylvania, with his grandparents until he was 12 and moved to Harrisburg. He remained in the Harrisburg area until 2004, and then relocated to Wilmington to be close to family. The last three years, he was a resident of Lakeshore Commons in Wilmington, where he had many friends.
Bill served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He spent most of his life working in the accounting department of the former Cumberland County National Bank and retired from PNC Bank in New Cumberland. He had a passion for dogs and especially German Shepherds. He spent most of his adult life with a German Shepherd at his side. He was a longtime dog trainer, club officer and volunteer for Dauphin Dog Training Club. He also volunteered at the Harrisburg Humane Society. Bill enjoyed antique car shows, car races, reading and gardening. He was an active member and officer of the Saab Club in the late 1950s and early 1960s and collected Saab memorabilia.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Jane “BJ” Deavor. He is survived by his two sisters in the Berwick area; three stepchildren, Nikki Reiber of Wilmington, Gary B Krantz of Long Beach, California, and Tristan J. Lloyd of Mesa, Arizona; and five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous friends.
The family will convene to celebrate his life and fulfill his last wishes in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a local Humane Society or a no-kill animal shelter or animal rescue organization of your choice.
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