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William E. “Bill” Gore, Sr., 89, of Cambridge, MD, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on February 5, 2017 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Center, MD.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 8, 1927 he was the son of the late Noah Zebedee Gore and Margie Creighton Gore.
Bill graduated from Easton High School, Class of 1945.
After his graduation, Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant. He had served in Germany, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, New York, Baltimore, Spain, Washington State, Okinawa, Japan, and Scott AFB, Illinois before retiring July 1, 1966 after almost 21 years of service. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award with four bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.
In April, 1948, he married the former Annelore Wilhelmine Kirsch whom he met while stationed in Germany. Bill and Ann enjoyed 62 wonderful, happy years of marriage before Ann’s passing October 25, 2010.
Upon his return to civilian life, Bill was a supervisor for twenty-three years at Airpax Electronics from where he retired in 1989.
Both Bill and Ann were active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church since 1966. He was also a member of the Methodist Men of St. Paul’s and was chairperson at the annual Flower Fairs for many years. Always involved in all the church functions, he helped to make the biscuits for the soup days and fry the oysters for their famous oyster sandwiches.
Bill was also a member of the VFW Post 7460, American Legion Post 91, Cambridge Elks Lodge 1272, Honorary Member of Rescue Fire Company for over 20 years and the Air Force Sergeants Association.
In his spare time Bill loved playing golf, bowling and fishing. His family will always cherish the times spent as they learned the games from their loving father/grandfather.
Surviving are Bill’s four children William E. Gore, Jr. and his wife Barbara Lynn ”Bobbie” of Cambridge, MD, Beverly Ann Holladay and her husband Rick of Virginia Beach, VA, Rosemary Travers and her husband Ricky of Cambridge, MD, Shelly Ann Brohawn also of Cambridge, MD; eleven grandchildren Dena Wanex, Jaclyn Hampton Witthoefft, Rick Travers, Jr., Ryan William Travers, William “Zeb” Gore, Robert Travers, Elizabeth Ann Holladay, Barbara Annelore Gore, Randy Travers, Jonathan William Brohawn, Emily Ann Brohawn; eight great grandchildren Brooke and Amy Wanex, William “Parker” and Reid Witthoefft, Kaleigh, Brody and Benton Travers and Katherine Kastel; many nieces and nephews and caregiver Donna McCollister.
Preceding him in death besides his parents and wife Ann was his brother Lloyd George Gore; sister Sarah Cross Wood and a nephew William Cross.
A viewing will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6:00 till 8:00 pm at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 beginning 1:00 pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cambridge, MD. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be Pastor Bonnie Shively and Rev. Dale Brown. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Cambridge, MD with Military Honors.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bill’s grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 205 Maryland Avenue, Cambridge, MD 21613.
To send letters of condolences to the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
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