The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

December 19, 2013

William Richard Drobnich

MARTINSBURG — DROBNICH – William “Bill” Richard, 90, a native of Cambria County and longtime resident of New Enterprise, died peacefully Dec. 18, 2013, at Homewood Retirement Center at Martinsburg. Born Aug. 21, 1923, in Lloydell (Beaverdale), son of Andrew and Agnes (Vicic) Drobnich. Preceded in death by parents, four brothers and three sisters. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Doris Shober; son, Mark, and wife, Linda, Loysburg; daughter, Lorry Drobnich, married to Robert Chuck, Mountain View, Calif.; and granddaughter, Alexis Chuck. Bill was a graduate of the former Beaverdale High School, and an Army veteran of World War II. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and graduate degrees from Shippensburg State College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His journalism career included stints in the newsrooms of Somerset Daily American, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat and Pittsburgh Press. He taught a number of years at Northern Bedford High School and had contributed short fiction stories to mystery and adventure magazines. After retirement, Bill’s activities included traveling, gardening and archaeology. Many people will remember reading Bill’s column, “Around the Bend,” in a local shoppers guide. Bill also served for 15 years as president of the 558th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion Association (558th AAA AWBn). A funeral service will be held for family only. Arrangements by Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin. (DeanerFuneralsAndCremations.com)

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