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Obituaries

March 29, 2014

William 'Bill' D. Harshbarger

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — William “Bill” D. Harshbarger, died March 10, 2014, at home in Bloomfield, Conn.

He was born in Danville, Ill., on May 3, 1925. He was the son of Velma W. and Lloyd E. Harshbarger.

He enjoyed playing clarinet as he was an active member of the Danville High School marching band and frequently played as part of a quartet that traveled to dances in Danville and the surrounding area. He graduated from Danville High School in 1943 and went on to serve in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1946.

Mr. Harshbarger graduated from the University of Michigan with his Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Arts degree in mechanical engineering. After graduation, he lived in Swarthmore, Pa., and worked for Westinghouse Aircraft and Gas Turbine. In 1955 he went to Hartford, Conn., to work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and retired in 1994.

Mr. Harshbarger was predeceased by his wife, M. Virginia Wilhelm Peters, whom he married in 1957. They resided in West Hartford, Conn., for more than 40 years, as it was close to the ocean coastline where he loved to swim and spend time with his family.

He was the cherished father of Robert D. Harshbarger (Pamela) and stepfather of Dency Kane; beloved granddad to Marni Renee, Keri Marie and Todd Wiley.

Funeral services were March 14 in Bloomfield, Conn. In remembrance, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.

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