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William T. Black

BLACK----William T. Lt. Col. (Ret.), 88, Johnstown, died September 21, 2020, at home. Born November 29, 1931, in Pittsburgh, son of the late DuWayne G. and Marie (Thompson) Black of Indiana, PA. Preceded in death by parents; loving wife of 53 years, Jean W., infant son; son, William S. Black; granddaughter, Jennifer; sister, Mary Jo Meara and special companion his little dog, Muffin. Survived by daughters, Monica Black, Johnstown; Leigh Black and wife, Margaret Smith, Johnstown; and Donna Trapp and husband, Jeff, State College; daughter-in-law, Dominique Miller and husband, Marlin, East Petersburg; 5 grandsons, Christopher, Daniel and James Black, and Stephen and Patrick Holoviak, one great-grandchild, John; nephews, John and Douglas Meara; also survived by special friends, Bert Lamport, Sunset Beach, NC; Bobbie and Roy VanSteenbergen, Boise, ID; John and Ann Mackay, Bangor, Maine and Cindie and Dave Petersen, Johnstown. William graduated from Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and then immediately entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Later he attended graduate schools at the Missouri School of Mines and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, attaining a Master’s degree in Business Management. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In the Army, he commanded Engineer companies in Korea, was commander of the Seventh Army Bridge Park in Germany, was the Post Engineer for Seventh Infantry Division, and commanded a provisional Engineer Battalion in Vietnam. He served as Executive Officer for 4 major Commands, including Office of the Engineer, Europe, The U.S. Army Construction Agency (V), the Engineer Command, Vietnam, and the U.S. Army War College Post at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. His last overseas tour was Director of Services, NATO/SHAPE Support Group and Deputy Commander, Chievres Air Force Base, Mons, Belgium. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorius Service Medal, Three U.S. Army Commendation Medals, and several other decorations. After retirement from the Army with rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he worked for 15 years as Human Resource Manager for the Material Handling Equipment Division of FMC Corporation (Syntron) in Homer City, PA. He especially enjoyed working at FMC because he was friends with many of the men and women whom he knew from childhood when Syntron and his family were relocated from Pittsburgh to Homer City. He also enjoyed growing flowers for his wife’s activities with the Johnstown Garden Club, helping his wife with her antique business, fishing, feeding birds at his two bird feeders and feeding the Stackhouse Park deer during the winter months. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a life member of the VFW and the Military Officers’ Association of America. Member of American Legion Post #945, Harrisburg, Sunnehanna Country Club and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Grandview Cemetery. Member of Westmont Presbyterian Church and friend of Second Presbyterian Church. A private Funeral Service will be held at Westmont Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. A. Rene’ Whitaker officiating. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.  Military graveside rites by Conemaugh Valley Marine Corps League, Detachment #287, Ritual Team. The family will receive friends on the lawn of the Westmont Presbyterian Church on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, PA 15963 or Humane Society of Cambria County, 743 Galleria Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904 in memory of William T. Black. The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.


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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Black family. I was hired at Syntron by Bills father. We then came to know both Don and Marie. Subsequently, I then met Bill when he became the Human Resource Manager. We worked well together during his tenure. I last saw Bill at a small gathering of some older Syntron employees just prior to the Covid-19 issue, so another meeting was not to be.
I will always remember him as a good friend.
Bernie and Pat May

Bernie May Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Monica, Lee, Donna and Family;

So very sorry for your loss. I am truly blessed to have gotten to know him, let alone be his nurse.I am devastated to learn of his passing. What a wonderful person! I remember the day I brought my poodle Sadie to meet him, the joy it brought him. I would gladly do it again if I could! I loved to sit and talk to him about life!.My heart goes out to you and your family. God be with your family as his new life begins. May God comfort each of you through this difficult time. Peace be with each and every one of you.

Jeanette Savering Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Black,
I will miss you so much. I enjoyed serving you and the rest of the Wednesday morning prayer group at Eatn Park.
To Leigh and Margaret and the rest of the Black family, please accept my deepest sympathy on your familys loss.
Ann Zahurak
Eatn Park server

Ann Zahurak Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Black

Andrea Stabler Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Black has passed. I never saw him where he didnt make me laugh. Such a jolly, caring person! I remember how he cared for Jean and treated her like a princess. I always admired both of them and their relationship. Although I didnt see him much, I felt good that there was this wonderful person on this earth the same time as me. My deep condolences to his family.

Ann Thome Sep 22 2020 12:00 AM