William A. Deter


Deter, William A., 83, born October 18, 1935, in Johnstown, passed away April 11, 2019. Born in Johnstown to the late Alden J. and C. Eleanor (Schonhardt) Deter. Bill is survived by his wife, Roberta Margaret (Balazik) Deter and daughter, Roberta Sobol (David), NY; sons, David Deter (Maria), Erie; Thomas Deter (Michele), Johnstown; Ronald Deter (Vickie) Johnstown, and his brother, John Deter (Mary) of Johnstown. Bill was predeceased by grandson, Jeffrey Sobol and survived by grandchildren: Kyle, Megan, Billy and Nicholas Deter and Michael Sobol; step-grandchildren, Anthony Tupek (Stacy), Mark Tupek (Nicole); step-great grandchildren Alivia, Adalyn and Aaron as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was President of the Greater Johnstown Catholic Athletic Association; member of the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club and Best of Friends Therapeutic Riding Club; Knights of Columbus; league director for parochial football and basketball for many years; and lector at St. Andrew's Church. Bill was an avid sports fan of Bishop McCort High School and Notre Dame. Bill served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Prudential Insurance Company in 1995. He filmed McCort's football and basketball games for many years. He enjoyed riding his horse, Gypsey. Bill loved his family and was devoted to his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Andrew's Church where friends will meet for a funeral mass Monday, at 2:30 pm with Fr. Angelo Patti officiating. Friends received at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary, Inc. Sunday, 3-7 pm. Interment, mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, Johnstown, PA. Unlimited gratitude goes to all the compassionate, friendly staff at Conemaugh Memorial Palliative Care and Hospice. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bishop McCort or St. Andrew's. (ptbmortuary.com)
Published on April 12, 2019
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Angela (Dill) Williams
Apr 15, 2019
As a former classmate and member of the 1953 graduating class of Johnstown Catholic High School with Bill, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to his wife and family. Thanks to Bill, as well as a few others, he kept our class reunions and monthly luncheons going up to the present time. He will be sadly missed.
Julie Lowrey
Apr 14, 2019
I will miss you my dear Uncle Bill. I was so blessed to have you in my life because you never turned a deaf child away. I have memories of you picking me up and always teasing me...I love you, Uncle Bill Deter! I will always remember you through memories growing up. Thank you for being in my life! I will sorely miss you. May God keep you safe always.
Pete and Billie Jean Holubz, Kennesaw, GA
Apr 13, 2019
Bertie, our thoughts and prayers are with you! We have happy memories of seeing Bill's train set up. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, and grandfather. He was an excellent role model for all.
Apr 13, 2019
Condolences from the Appalachian Wagon Train members
Sylvia Shostek
Apr 12, 2019
Sorry for your loss. He was a kind and gentle man. May he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers.