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William Irvin Froebe, 73

August 20, 2010

OCT. 26, 1936-AUG. 18, 2010

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W. Va. - William Irvin Froebe, 73, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 26, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late Kermit Ellis Froebe and Earla Irvin Froebe Wilson.

Bill graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, where he excelled as a track star and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He retired from Bell Atlantic Corp. in 1992, and since retirement worked part-time for Cochran Auction Service. Bill was founder of the Morgan County Pigtail-Ponytail Softball League and was a member of Alpine United Methodist Church. He was a member of Junior Order United American Mechanics Council 117, Deford Lodge 88 AF&AM, Ali Ghan Shrine Temple, Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60, Telephone Pioneers of America, Washington Bell Golf Association and was a past member of Berkeley Springs Lions Club. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture; he was also an avid golfer.

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He is survived by his wife, Carol J. Everett Froebe; two daughters, Karen Frances Reed and husband, Mark, of Berkeley Springs and Lori Sue Froebe of San Diego, Calif.; three sons, John Vincent Froebe of Berkeley Springs, and William I. Froebe Jr. and Steven Brian Froebe, both of San Diego; and 10 grandchildren, Morgan Froebe, Natalie Reed, Vanessa Reed, Rachel Reed, Craig Froebe, Steven Froebe, Brian Froebe, Megan Froebe, Holly Froebe and Sara Froebe.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lula Cochran Froebe; and one grandson, Christopher Froebe.

Family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, where a Junior Order Memorial Service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral home will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the convenience of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. Pastor Bob McDonald-Walker will officiate. Burial will be at Alpine Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Selma Straus, 168 Dawson Farm Lane, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or to the American Heart Association, c/o West Virginia Region, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301.

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