William H. Sassaman, Sr.

February 4, 1936 - March 14, 2018
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William H. Sassaman, Sr., 82, formerly of Euclid Ave., Temple, passed away March 14, 2018 at 6:57 PM in Berks Heim, where he had been a guest for the past 1 ½ years. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Hein) Sassaman who passed away October 31, 2010. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary prior to her passing. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late J. Russell Sassaman, Sr. and Ruth M. (Wunsch) Sassaman. He owned and operated Sassaman & Burdan Auto Service, Temple from 1960 – 1990 and continued working part time for his son Dyke, the current owner, until his retirement. He was a member of Alsace Lutheran Church, Chandler Lodge No. # 227 F & AM, Reading Consistory and Rajah Shrine. At Rajah, Bill played lead banjo with the String Band and Concert Band for many years. He also played banjo with Pretzel City Dixieland Jazz Band and his own band – the String Crew. He raced flathead stock cars at the Reading Fairgrounds in the 1950’s and was an avid fisherman, camper and boater in North East, MD in the 1970’s & 80’s. He served as past president of Automotive Service Council of PA and Independent Garagemen’s Association of Berks County. He is survived by his sons – Dyke W. husband of Gail Sassaman, Blandon, William H. Jr. husband of Jennifer Sassaman, Lancaster, his grandchildren – Dyke W. Jr. husband of Abbey Sassaman, Wyomissing, Kelli Jo wife of Brad Rosenberger, Mt. Penn, Bret W., Leah K., Drew D., Anna R. Sassaman, all of Lancaster, and his great grandchildren – Karryn E. Rosenberger, Jeremy M. Sassaman, Kayci Jo E. Rosenberger, Andrew W. Sassaman. He is also survived by his siblings – Kenneth A. “Buzz” Sassaman, David C. Sassaman, both of Shillington and Ruth Ann wife of Marvin Eyrich, Parkside, Chester County. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his siblings – Jane L. Walker (2014), John R. Sassaman (1994) and Donald R. Sassaman (1977). Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington. Masonic service conducted by Chandler Lodge No. 227, F & AM at 7:00 PM. Relative and friends may also call on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 AM followed by his funeral service at 10:00 AM with Dr. Harry Serio officiating. Interment in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Rajah Shrine String Band or the Rajah Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 40, Blandon, PA 19510. The family wishes to thank the staff at Berks Heim for the wonderful care given to their dad. www.kleefuneralhome.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Masonic service conducted by Chandler Lodge No. 227 F & AM at 7:00 PM


Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Service Information

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Time: 11:15 am

Pleasant View Cemetery

Address:

650 Fritztown Road, Sinking Spring, PE, 19608

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Born: February 4, 1936
Died: March 14, 2018

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Colin Manwiller posted on 3/19/18

A very helpful man to my parents Charles and Bernice Manwiller and myself Colin Manwiller. He will be missed by many people, my condolences to the family and friends, till we all meet again in the afterlife.

 

Edward Chimenko posted on 3/19/18

When Bill wanted to add a sax to the String Crew for dancing at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown he called me and once a month for over year he drove me and the guitar player to the gig .We had a goodtime. Bill was charming, easy going, a good entertainer and well-liked by everyone. He enjoyed singing and playing his gold banjo.He said he learned some of the old songs from his mother. He also remembered unauthorized lyrics, which were crowd -pleasers. I'm glad to have spent some time with him. Ed Chimenko "

 

Ed Chimenko posted on 3/18/18

Dear Family, Bill and I played together at the Elizabethtown Masonic Village. We rode together to the jobs for about a year, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. He shared his knowledge of old time music, which his mother taught him. He was an easy going, affable person, well liked by everyone he met. My sincere condolences.

 

Sherry and Mike Ober posted on 3/18/18

Bill with be deeply missed by all . . . My husband Mike, enjoyed performing with him in the Pretzel City Band. Bill played a "mean" banjo! We were glad to have the opportunity to know this man!

 

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