William F. Litzenberger Sr., 98, Woodstock, formerly of Sunset Beach, N.C, from 1994 to 2014, and Franklinville, N.Y., died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Hearthstone Manor.
He was born March 30, 1916, to Emil and Marie (Morlok) Litzenberger in Buffalo, N.Y.
On Sept. 7, 1939, he married Betty Washburn.
His family moved to Franklinville, N.Y., in 1924, and he graduated from Ten Broeck Academy, Franklinville, in 1935. The same year, he began working with his father at Quality Bakery in Franklinville; he purchased the business in 1951 and retired in 1984.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed on the USS Midway during her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean. He earned the American Theatre Medal as well as the Victory Medal.
He was a past master of the Franklinville F&AM Masonic Lodge 626, an avid bowler and enjoyed square dancing. He was a member of the Franklinville Presbyterian Church and the Calabash Presbyterian Church in Calabash, N.C.
Survivors include his wife of more than 75 years; two sons, Thomas J. (Janet) Litzenberger, Palmetto, Fla., and William F. (Diedre) Litzenberger Jr., Crystal Lake; three grandchildren, Stephen Litzenberger, Jonathan (Laura) Litzenberger and Jennifer Litzenberger; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Emil, Marian and Elmer.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 9, at Hearthstone Manor Nursing Home, Woodstock.
Memorials can be made to the Franklinville Presbyterian Church or to the Calabash Presbyterian Church.