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William Bangs

William J. Bangs

Monday, June 25th, 1923 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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William J. Bangs, of Hilltown, formerly of Warrington, passed away on Friday, March 06, 2020 at Manor Care, Montgomeryville. He was 96.

Bill was the beloved husband of the late Antoinette Bangs, who passed away in 2004.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late William F. and Olga Bangs

Bill was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in Austria and Germany. His fluency in the German language helped him to make lifelong friends from Austria.

A natural salesman, Bill enjoyed a long career as a sales representative for The Stanford Seed Company in Philadelphia followed by Miles Fry & Son Nurseries in Ephrata, PA.

In his free time, Bill enjoyed reading, watching classic movies and the Phillies. An avid reader, he could be found reading 5-6 different books simultaneously and his home away from home was the Perkasie or Doylestown libraries.

Bill is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Barday (Philip), Christina Waltman; six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Allison, Alexander, Ashley, Julee, Gary; and four great grandchildren, Sophia, Evelyn, Edward, and Olivia.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill is preceded in death by his brother Albert Bangs.

Bill’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington, PA. Family will receive friends from 10:30-11 prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Bucks County Free Library, 150 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901 or online at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday March 12, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    Thursday March 12, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am
    Shelly Funeral Home, Warrington
    1460 Easton Road
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
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  • Service

    Thursday March 12, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday March 12, 2020 11:00am
    Shelly Funeral Home, Warrington
    1460 Easton Road
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
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  • Interment

    Whitemarsh Memorial Park
    1169 Limekiln Pike
    HORSHAM, PA 19002
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Jeff Waltman

Posted at 04:23pm
What a wonderful, ethical, very smart, and well traveled man full of wisdom and grace. He could read more books in a week than I could in a year and was able to sew those reading experiences through his life experiences. A WWII veteran who shared personal insights on his journey and touched clearly on the human element of it all. You know, when you think of the extreme nature of war it is almost impossible to place such a kind and smart man in the middle of it all. I bet he was so conflicted, yet regimented. I know he spoke of transporting prisoners and I can only imagine they felt safe in his care. Life is a precious thing. Some of those photos with Antoinette are simply amazing how they capture their warm spirits. For all of us who knew Bill and Antoinette knew how simple and yet amazing they lived life. I believe these people teach us much much more than we ever know. Lisa and Tina, you were very blessed to have them both as loving parents. Thank you for sharing Bill with us over the years. From all of my family to yours we wish you our deepest sympathies. And finally, Bill please continue to guide all of us with your very smart and loving spirit. With Antoinette now back by your side; we know you will. Jeff Waltman

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