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William F. "Bill" Pabst, 90, of Liverpool, entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Geisinger-Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
He was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Hawley, a son of the late William H. and Augusta B. (Reafler) Pabst.

Bill was a 1944 graduate of Hawley High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman (Navy Medic), until he was honorably discharged as a Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class on Jan. 31, 1946. Bill then enrolled in the former Franklin School of Science and Arts in Philadelphia, where he graduated as a medical laboratory and X-Ray technician and was Salutatorian of his class. He then worked as a lab technician in Scranton. Bill then decided to change careers and enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in November 1951. After training, he served in the mid-state area, to include the New Bloomfield, Lykens, Duncannon, and Harrisburg Stations; and finally the Communications Division, at the State Police Headquarters, Harrisburg, where he retired as a Corporal on Dec. 30, 1980.

After several years of enjoying full retirement with his family, Bill drove vehicles for a Nissan dealership in Selinsgrove for a few years, delivering them to dealerships in all the New England states and as far south as Virginia. He then drove motor homes from the former factory in Paxinos delivering them to dealerships in 46 of the 50 states. After several years, he returned to full retirement, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Bill was a member of the FOP Keystone Lodge 41, Retired State Police Association, AARP, the American Legion, and was a 50-plus year member of the Liverpool United Methodist Church where he served as financial secretary since 1984, two terms as chairperson of the administrative board, and Sunday school superintendent since 2008.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 wonderful years, Mary Elizabeth Jane (Wallis) Pabst, whom he married on Sept. 8, 1956; two sons and daughters-in-law, William E. and Linda Pabst, of Laurel, Md., and Rodney R. and Ginger Pabst, of East Berlin; and three grandchildren, William R., Korynn and Kivynn.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 606 N. Front St., Liverpool, with ceremonial services by the Pennsylvania State Police and followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Gay Irwin officiating.
Burial with full military honors by the American Legion Post No. 364, Liverpool and with further honors by the Pennsylvania State Police, will be in Hill Cemetery, Duncannon.

Memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of Bill to the Liverpool United Methodist Church, 109 S. Market St., Liverpool, PA 17045, or to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Published on December 28, 2017
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