Life Story: William Philpotts, 82; U.S. Air Force Veteran

William Philpotts, 82, May 17 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.

Mr. Philpotts was born December 11, 1935 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to the late Arnold and Mildred (Davis) Philpotts. He relocated to Stirling and then to New Providence before settling in Somerset.

Mr. Philpotts was an Air Force Veteran. After his four years of service he attended Newark College of Engineering. William began his career at Foster Wheeler, where he worked for seven years. After he left Foster Wheeler he became a contract employee for several engineering firms as a process piping designer and ISO controller until his retirement in 2001.

William treasured being with his family, enjoyed playing cards with friends, was an avid movie buff and loved to travel. He was also a member of the Franklin Township Senior Citizens Club.

Mr. Philpotts was predeceased by his sister, Audrey Engler and his brother-in-law, Dr. William O Engler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Philpotts of Somerset; his nieces, Carol Layman of Virginia and Barbara McDermott of Washington, DC; his nephews, William Engler of North Carolina and Robert Engler of Nevada; his brother-in-law John McNamara of NJ, 10 great-nieces and -nephews and 16 great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. May 29 at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St., Somerset.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. May 29 at Gleason Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org or to the Alzheimer’s disease Research www.Brightfocus.org/stopad, or you many call 1-855-345-6237.


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