William M. Croft, 86, of Carlisle, passed
away on Saturday, March 24, 2012, in Thornwald Home, Carlisle. He was born on Sunday, December 13, 1925, in Carlisle, a son
of the late Arthur A. and Selma (McPherran) Croft.
Bill was a graduate of Carlisle High School with the Class of 1943 and served in the US Army
Air Force as an Aerial Gunner during WWII. He was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the European African
Middle Eastern Medal with three Bronze Stars and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bill retired from the Naval Supply Depot
in Mechanicsburg after more than 35 years of service, where he was a supervisor in the Electrical Parts Department. He was
a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlisle. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and meeting his friends at the Farmers
Market Restaurant, Carlisle
is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Joanne C. (Marshman) Croft, one son, William A. Croft of Carlisle,
two daughters; Joyce Randall (and husband, Brian) of Williamsburg, VA and Diane Wesche (and her husband, Kenneth) of Beltsville,
MD, grandchildren; James Callahan, Janelle Callahan, William A. Croft, Jr. and Nicole Wesche. He was preceded in death by
two brothers; his twin, Robert and Irvin Croft.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the First Evangelical
Lutheran Church, 100 E. High St., Carlisle, with Rev. Charles A. Brophy officiating. Burial with military honors by Cumberland
County Honor Guard will be in Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle. Viewing will be on Tuesday from 6 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers
Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions
may be made to his church, 21 S. Bedford St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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This is Ronald Madison. I am the brother of Dick and Vick Madison. I am
sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was a good man, and a very good friend. We hunted and fished together. I have many
fond memories I will remember for the rest of my life .God bless.
Deb and Ron Madison
To Diane Wesche and family.
We are so sad to hear about the passing of your dad.
prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
Freddie, Renitta & Felesha Geiger
Members of the Class of 1943 set aside their school days to go on to 'save
the world' in World War II. These quiet heroes fought and many perished. We rise from their many sacrifices. Our deepest
condolences on the recent passing of Bill, his life was 'well lived'.
Dear Joanna and family,
Our sincere sorrow upon learning of
Bill's death. Do know that you are all in our prayers during this most difficult loss. Bill was a good, loyal member of
our congregation and a good friend and near neighbor. Blessings to you as we all wait for the eternal Resurrection as promised
to those who believe as did Bill. God keep you.
Tom and Connie Hurlocker
Prayers and condolences to the Croft family and all those whose life was touched by Bill during his rich and
I am very sorry to learn of Bill's passing. My deepest sympathy.
To Diane Wesche and Family.
to you and your family.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Our love and deepest sympathies to Joanne, Bill Jr, Diane
and Joyce and Families....we are so sorry to learn of Bill's passing and pray he is now at peace. Take care and keep the
great memories alive forever!
Lynn (Cole) and John Martin
We pray that God will embrace the family in his loving arms and provide peace, love and comfort during
this difficult period.
Joyce & Danny Shaub
I am so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. What a kind and gentle soul he was! I will always remember
that easy smile, and his support of Diane and my sporting endeavors in high school. As you celebrate a life well lived, may
you find peace and comfort in your fond memories.
Joann & Family-
My heart aches for all of you at this time. Bill was a wonderful man and I'm
honored to have known him for the time I did. We had some fun times. Joann-you were so strong and such a wonderful, loving
wife. You all are in my Thoughts and Prayers.
To the Croft Family,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May you find peace in knowing
he's in a glorious place smiling down upon you all. His memory will always remain in your hearts.
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