William M. Richart, 88, of 1900 Ravine Road, formerly of the 2400 block of Sheridan Street, Williamsport, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at The Williamsport Home. He and his wife, the former Sara L. Dubs, had been married for more than 62 years.
Born in West Milton, Pa., he was the son of deceased Dale M. and Mary Mertz Richart.
A 1942 graduate of Milton High School, he was employed for a short time by Stone/Webster Engineering & Construction Co., prior to attending Bucknell University. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
William M. Richart
After receiving his engineering degree from Bucknell University in 1945, he attended Columbia University, N.Y., midshipman school.
He was employed for nine years as a project engineer for Arthur A Johnson Corp., New York, N.Y. (now an Eastman Division of Peter Kiewit Co.), in the construction of power plants, bridges and highways. While employed as a project engineer on a bridge construction in Rochester, N.Y., he attended night school at Rochester Institute of Technology.
He was employed by Sprout-Waldron, (now Andritz), Muncy, Pa., for 31 years in the Contract and Systems Division, which he assisted in organizing. He was licensed, by written exam, as an engineer to practice professional engineering services in 10 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In his younger years, Bill was active in Cub Scouting and Boy Scouts, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association. Also, he was a 50-plus year member of the American Legion, Wallace Fetzer Post 71, Milton, Pa., Williamsport Masonic Lodge 707; F. & A.M.; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Valley of Williamsport, and Sprout-Waldron Quarter Century Club; and the Emeritus Club of the Bucknell Alumni Association. He was a 50-plus year member of the Faxon Kenmar United Methodist Church and served on several committees, administrative board and trustee.
His hobbies included trout fishing and big game hunting in Pennsylvania and Colorado.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Scott D. (Susan) of Olathe, Kan.; two daughters, Marilee Glunk (Mark) of Emmaus, Pa., and Susan L. Schoeller (John) of Basalt, Colo.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church with his pastor, Rev. Michael Swimley officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service. Private burial will be at Lewisburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in William's name may be made to Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1225 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.