William (Bill) A. Derstine was born on October 12, 1933, in Perkasie, PA, to Abram N. and Ruth H. Landis Derstine.
Bill graduated from the former West Pottsgrove High School in 1951, Heidelberg College, Ohio in 1955, and from Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA, in 1959. He received a degree in pastoral counseling from Crozer Theological Seminary, PA, in 1969.
In 1952, he met Dolores (Dolly) Lamm while both were campers at Camp Mensch Mill, PA. During the summers they worked on staff at Camp Fernbrook; they were married in 1957.
He was a parish pastor for nine years, serving the congregations of Lemasters Charge in Mercersburg and Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Penns Creek, before becoming supervising chaplain at Sleighton School for Girls, Darling, PA; Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS; and Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL. He was Vice President for Religion and Health at South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, IL. He retired in 2001 and moved with Dolly to Pleasant Hill. During that time he traveled the US, Europe and Costa Rica with Dolly, enjoyed his grandchildren, and volunteered at Pleasant Hill UCC.
Bill passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly, and his granddaughter, Natalie Derstine. He is survived by his son, Matt and his wife Kathy of Los Gatos, CA; his son, Mark, wife Barbara and grandsons, Adam and Andrew of Bristow, VA; his son, Tim, wife Susan and grandsons Joel and Jonathan of Fort Worth, TX; his grandson, Seth, and great-granddaughter Emalyn of Kansas City, MO; his granddaughter, Abbey, husband Vitor with great-grandsons Asher and Arrow of Grapevine, TX; and his sisters, Ruth D. Frech of Milflinburg, PA, Joyce E. Baur of Pleasant Hill and Helen A. Brown of Maysville GA.
A memorial service will be at the Pleasant Hill Community Church on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Pleasant Hill Community Church UCC Building Fund or the Avalon Center in Crossville.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
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