William Charles Briggs, 79, Akron, Navy vet, Grace Fellowship member, outdoorsman

By on February 18, 2015

William Charles Briggs, 79, of Akron, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Wilkes Barre to Ruth Elizabeth (Williams) Briggs of Wilkes Barre and the late William Briggs. He was the husband of Florence Elizabeth (Ostermayer) Briggs.

William was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church, Ephrata. He retired from the US Navy with more than 20 years of service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son: William Briggs of New Jersey; two daughters: Debbie Durrance of Tennessee, Karen Jones of New Jersey; a stepson: Jeffrey Stouch of Rheems; a stepdaughter: Deborah Lear of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren: Kyle and Kirsten; three stepgrandchildren: Amy, Candi and April; two brothers: Ron Briggs of Harrisburg, Robin Briggs of North Carolina; and a sister: Sylvia Thomas of Wilkes Barre.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers: David and Irving Briggs.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in William’s memory may be made to Grace Fellowship Church, 822 Pointview Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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