William John Leiberton Jr., 82, of New Oxford (formerly of Punxsutawney), passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in UPMC Hanover. He was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Soldier to the late William John and Martina (Sloan) Leiberton Sr. and was the widower of Eleanor Ann Leiberton. William (Bill) proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. After his separation, he worked for Univac in the Washington D.C. area. Later, he purchased a Western Auto Store in Punxsutawney, which he ran with his wife Ellie for 13 years. Bill stayed on as manager after selling the business. After that, he worked for Niagara Cutter as a tool cutter and purchasing agent until his retirement. Bill was a member of the Elks of Punxsutawney and a baseball coach for a teener league. Loving the outdoors, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed maintaining the Wildauer Family Camp. Bill was an outgoing and caring man with a big smile and heart, and he was always willing to lend a hand to friends and family any time they needed help with anything. Surviving are his daughters, Ann Etchberger and husband Scott of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Beth Reeder and husband Dale of Dillsburg; granddaughter Caitlin Emig and husband Jason of California, Maryland; and two sisters, Carol Ishman and Roberta Kurten, both of Reynoldsville. William was preceded in death by sisters Ellen Strouse and Rita Leiberton. A funeral service and a celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney. Friends will be received from 9:30 until the time of service at 11 a.m. His ashes will be interred at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Reynoldsville.
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