William F. “Bill” Albright Jr., 95

November 16, 2018

William F. “Bill” Albright Jr., 95, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018.
He was the husband of the late Dorothy J. Heidlauf, who passed away in 2016. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late William F., Sr. and Mary M. Quinn Albright.
A graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School in 1942, Bill earned a BS in Business Management from LaSalle College in 1948. After college, he worked for a few years each at Keystone Pretzel and Lancaster Pump and Mftg. Co. He retired after 25 years in middle management from the DeWalt Division of Black and Decker US Inc. He then worked part-time for about 10 years at the Watt and Shand Dept. Store in Park City.
After high school, Bill enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber crew with the 305th Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force, ETO. After several missions, his plane was shot down over Germany in November of 1943. The crew bailed out and were immediately captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp. He spent eighteen months in Stalag 17B POW camp and was liberated in May 1945. He was honorably discharged as a Tech Sgt. in October 1945.
Bill was a life member of Millersville VFW Post 7294. He was the past president of PA Regional Group of Blinded Veterans Association and represented them as a member of the PA War Veterans Council and the PA State Veterans Commission.
Bill was a member and former head usher at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He was charter member of the St John Neumann Council 12532 Third Degree Knights of Columbus, serving as a member of the honor guard and as Past Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Assembly 915.
He liked to play golf and bridge, and enjoyed watching football and baseball on TV. The Phillies, Eagles, Notre Dame and Penn State were his favorites.
Bill is survived by his sons: Thomas B., husband of Lecia A. Albright of Spotsylvania, VA, David J., husband of Rebecca Albright of St. Louis, MO, and Andrew M., husband of Kelly L. Albright of Lancaster, and by one granddaughter, Katharine Albright of Lancaster, PA. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Mary M. Dawson and Margaret “Pat” Hoover and his brother, John H. Albright.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA from 10-11AM, with the Mass to follow at 11AM. Interment will be in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Bill’s memory to the Blinded Veterans Assn., 477 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001 or at

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December 02, 2018

My deepest condolences to the albright family, we will miss him, he was an amazing friend,  I worked with him
many years at Watt & Shand

November 20, 2018

Bill and I served as Vice Presidents of the PA Regional of the Blind Veterans and I for a short time as Chaplain.  Bill and Dorothy were delightful people to be with.  My condolences to the entire family.  I wish I could have been  at  the  service, but health issues have prevent this.
Raymond A. Acker
Chaplain (LTC)USA, Retired

November 20, 2018

Tom, David, and Andy – please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your father. I had the privilege to have worked with Bill at DeWalt for a number of years starting in February 1980. He took me under his wing and taught me the ropes in the Purchasing Department. I’ll always remember him as a happy-go-lucky man with a wonderful sense of humor that always turned a bad day into a good one!. He was strongly  devoted to your mother and, of course, to you, his sons. May he rest in peace for ever more!

November 19, 2018

I To the Albright Family,
i have fond memories of your father and our talks about his POW experiences at 17b. I am sure you know my Dad was also in that same camp too. We are so fortunate to have had these great men in our lives….Truly the greatest generation. I am very sad that I will not be able to attend his services  as I am in Montana and that is my return day. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your Dad.
Ray Hottenstein and Family

November 19, 2018

I am an old friend of Mr Albright’s son Tom.  I just wanted to send my condolences to Tom and his brothers in the loss of their father.   I only met Mr. Albright a few times and he was a very nice man.  I will be thinking of his family during this time.

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