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William R. "Bill" Sandmeyer, 95, of Lewisburg, formerly of Picture Rocks and Montgomery, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at RiverWoods Senior Living Community, Lewisburg.
He was born April 5, 1921, in Greenock, a son of the late William C. and Jessie (Hoffman) Sandmeyer. His wife of 70 years, Dorothy M. Ferrell, preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 2015.

Bill attended the Greenock Elementary School and graduated from McKeesport High School, Class of 1934. He would then go on to receive a bachelor of science degree from California State Teachers College and a masters degree from Bucknell University in 1954.
Bill dedicated his life to public education. He first taught Industrial Arts at Redstone Township, Munhall, and retired in 1977 from the Montgomery School District, where he held several positions, including elementary principal, high school guidance counselor, and Industrial Arts teacher. Following his retirement from Montgomery, he served as elementary guidance counselor for several years with Warrior Run School District.
A World War II veteran, Bill served his country honorably in the Army Air Force and was a member of the American Legion, Montgomery. He was a member of the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, Muncy Lodge #299 F.&A.M., the Williamsport Consistory, a former member of the Picture Rocks Lions Club, a charter member and past president of Montgomery Lions Club, a member of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, a former member and president of Montgomery Borough Council, and served on many educational boards and committees.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed woodworking, making stained glass creations, singing, and playing bocce ball in several leagues.

Surviving are two daughters, Dedre S. Miriello, of Lexington, Va., and Debbie Sandmeyer-Bryan of Petersburg, of New Jersey; three treasured grandchildren, Brittany M. Bryan, Shawn M. Bryan, and Thadeus D. Miriello; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Holman and Mildred Weddell.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, 48 Laurel Run Road, Picture Rocks, with Pastor Lynn Wilcox officiating. Friends will be received from 1:30 to 2 p.m., with a Masonic funeral service at 2 p.m., prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans' organizations.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, or the Picture Rocks Lions Club, P.O. Box 99, Picture Rocks, PA 17762.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.
Published on March 13, 2017
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