William C. Weisbecker

Age 89: Bethlehem Steel worker served in the Navy during World War II and was an active member of the Masons.

May 27, 2008|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,SUN REPORTER

William C. Weisbecker, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker who earlier served in the Navy, died of congestive heart failure Friday at a daughter's home in Mount Wolf, Pa. He was 89.

Mr. Weisbecker, who was affectionately called "Wisey," was born in Dundalk. He attended Sparrows Point High School, where he excelled in basketball, baseball, golf, track and field, and soccer. He was eventually inducted into the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame, according to his daughter Lisa Biehl.

Mr. Weisbecker entered the Navy upon graduating from high school in 1943. He completed two years in the Navy before he was discharged as a third-class aviation machinist mate.

After his military service, Mr. Weisbecker went to work as a heavy-equipment mechanic with Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point. He worked for the company for 35 years and retired at age 65.

He married Delma Bond in 1968. The two met at Pinland Bowling Center in Dundalk, and she was "the love of his life," Mrs. Biehl said.

Delma Weisbecker died in 1996.

"He always talked about my mother," Mrs. Biehl said. "He was very lonely after she died."

Mr. Weisbecker enjoyed drinking a cold beer while watching the Orioles. He also enjoyed visiting wineries and was known for his homemade wines, which he stored in jugs in his basement. Mr. Weisbecker remained physically active for most of his life and played golf until his mid-80s, Mrs. Biehl said.

Mr. Weisbecker also enjoyed reminiscing with friends at American Legion Post 38 and VFW Post 6694. He was an active member of Patapsco Masonic Temple 183.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home. He will be buried at Holly Hills Cemetery in Middle River.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include another daughter, Barbara Bonincontri of Dundalk; two sisters, Mary Russell of Ocean City and Margaret Hershberger of Jacobus, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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