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William Harvey "Bill" Wiest, currently of rural Sunbury, but a resident of Dalmatia most of his life, passed away at the Geisinger Medical Center on Saturday, May 26, 2017, as a result of injuries received in an accidental fall at his home on Wednesday, May 23, 2017.
Bill was born on July 8, 1945, in Dalmatia, to the late Nelson E. and Elda I. (Martz) Wiest.

He graduated from Mahanoy Joint High School in 1963, from Susquehanna University in 1967, and from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1971.
Bill married Karen Machtley Wiest on Dec. 27, 1969, and together they enjoyed 47 years of marriage.
He was a practicing attorney in Sunbury from 1972 until 1998, when he was elected to serve as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County. He loved his work, and his colleagues, but without doubt most special to him was his work with children of all ages.
Bill was a member of the Trinity U.C.C. Church of Dalmatia, the Pennsylvania Trial Judges Association, the Pennsylvania Juvenile Judges Association, Sons of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania German Society, F&AM, Harrisburg Consistory, Northumberland County Historical Society, Gratz Historical Society, Palatines to America, Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Mahanoy & Mahantango Historical and Preservation Society, Spreading Antlers, the Americus Hose Company, and previously served many years as an Odyssey of the Mind coach.
He enjoyed first and foremost, his wife, children, and grandchildren, but he had a passion for his work, and also found time for genealogical and historical research, gardening, attendance at his children's and now grandchildren's myriad sporting events, and he truly loved his cats.

In addition to his wife, Karen Machtley Wiest, Bill is survived by his children and their spouses, son, Joel M. Wiest and wife Stacie C. Wiest, of rural Sunbury; daughter, Rachel A. Wiest Benner and son-in-law Jason Benner, of rural Sunbury; daughter, Elisabeth "Betsy" Grimm and son-in-law Steve Grimm, of rural Sunbury; son, Chad A.Z. Wiest, of Shamokin; and son, Patrick Wiest and companion Michelle Bermeo Betancourt, of Raleigh, N.C.; his grandchildren, Anna Maria Wiest, Lilia Dawn Wiest, Logan David Tobias Wiest, Maggie Asa Benner, Kaci Elisabeth Grimm, Peyton Elizabeth Wiest, and Jacob Luke Grimm. Also surviving Bill are one brother, Roger V. Wiest; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ronald and Katie Machtley, Sue and Tom Carl, Melissa and Gerald Richardson, and Kenneth and Romaine Diable; nieces, Roxanne Laudenslager, Jackie Lutz, Kimberly Fenton, Erin Machtley Clark, Stephanie Diable McChessney, Kirstin Carl Brown, and Lindgren Carl; and nephews, Roger V. Wiest II, Timothy Diable, and Todd Machtley.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by two sons, David Martz Wiest and Tobias Larson Wiest on March 22, 1998; one brother, L. "Jack" Wiest; and by sister-in-law, Adeline "Babe" Wiest.

A memorial service and celebration of Bill's life will be held at noon Saturday, June 3, at Weber Chapel on the grounds of Susquehanna University. Light refreshments will follow on campus.
A private burial service will be held at the discretion of the family with arrangements through the Farrow Funeral Home of Shamokin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bill's memory be made to his revered and cherished church home, the Trinity U.C.C. Church, 2082 Route 147, of Dalmatia, PA 17017, where he served as church organist for 57 years.
Published on May 29, 2017
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