Wil­liam L. ‘Bill’ Eis­ley

Septem­ber 19, 2020

The Times-Tribune - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Wil­liam L. “Bill” Eis­ley, 82, of Clifton Twp., for­merly of Culpeper, Va., passed away peace­fully on Satur­day, Sept. 19, 2020, at Re­gional Hos­pi­tal of Scran­ton. He and his wife, Ann Marie (Min­nick) Eis­ley, cel­e­brated 54 years of mar­riage on Oct. 5, 2019.

Born Aug. 18, 1938, in Coal­dale, he was the son of the late Harry and He­len (Ein­house) Eis­ley. Bill grad­u­ated from Ta­maqua High School in 1957, where he played foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. He was named to the sec­ond-team, all-state foot­ball team in 1956 and was a very proud mem­ber of the 1956-1957 Black Di­a­mond Bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship team, the first in Ta­maqua High School his­tory. In 1997, he was in­ducted into the Ta­maqua High School Sports Hall of Fame and in 1998, he was in­ducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame.

Bill proudly served his coun­try in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years, re­tir­ing as a chief petty of­fi­cer in 1977. Dur­ing his time in the ser­vice, Bill par­tic­i­pated in three “All Navy” bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships and two “All Navy” fast­pitch soft­ball cham­pi­onships. Bill con­tin­ued to main­tain the re­la­tion­ships he built with his fel­low “Coasties” as a mem­ber of the CPO As­so­ci­a­tion. As a proud Amer­i­can vet­eran, Bill was al­ways in fa­vor of equal­ity for ev­ery­one but felt af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion went too far and was not the Amer­i­can way.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the Coast Guard, Bill worked at the VA Hos­pi­tal in Wilkesbarr­e, P&G in Me­hoopany and as a glass maker at Schott Glass Tech in Duryea.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, Ann Marie, Bill is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Kerry Eis­ley and his wife, Anna, of Clifton Twp.; Karen Gib­son and her hus­band, Kevin, of Clifton Twp.; and Kathryn Evans and her hus­band, Shawn, of Jef­fer­son­ton, Va.; his seven grand­chil­dren; and his brother, Harry Eis­ley and his wife, Gail, of Home­town. He was also pre­ceded in death by his brother, Her­bert.

In­ter­ment and grave­side ser­vice with mil­i­tary hon­ors will be held in the spring at Culpeper Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Ar­range­ments are en­trusted to Brian Arthur Strauch Fu­neral Homes and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices LLC in Spring Brook Twp. To share your fond­est mem­o­ries of Bill, please visit the fu­neral home web­site or Face­book page.

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