WILLIAM REGIS GORITY
William (Bill) Regis Gority, Jr. 73, died on May 17, 2004 of complications caused by diabetes and heart failure.
Bill was born on February 25, 1931 in Altoona, Pennsylvania as the third child of Rhoda (Pentz) and William R. Gority, Sr.
Bill married Marilyn in 1954 and together they had four children. They and six grandchildren survive him. Susan Lilly, Julie (Greg) Jones, Derek and Trevor; Tracy Lorenzo, Kylie and Cole; and Scott (Jamie) Gority, Courtney and Caitlin. Time with his family was his greatest pleasure.
He is also survived by a brother, Richard Gority; and two sisters, Aileen and Delores in Pennsylvania. Sisters Donna and Dorothy and his parents preceded him in death.
Bill graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in 1949, and began work for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Altoona. However, the Korean War was beginning and he, along with several close friends decided to avoid the draft and enlist in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland, Sheppard, and finally at Larson AF Base in Moses lake WA. He served as the flight team crew chief and assistant to the flight engineer on a C129, the largest transport planes used at that time, receiving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bill's service was contained to the airports they would fly into all over the world. He was discharged November 30, 1954. Bill was always very patriotic, flying the American flag at his home daily. He was a member of the local VFW serving as Quartermaster for one year.
After Bill's discharge in 1954, he married and moved to Richland. He started work at General Electric Company as a laboratory technician in the 234-5 Building, 200 East Area. Contractors' names changed often, from Isochem to Atlantic Richfield Company, and his title changed to Supervisor of the Analytical laboratories, 1960-1973. He then moved out of the Hanford family and went to work for Jersey Nuclear in Richland, retiring in 1995 when the final name was Siemens. He was a Manager of the Analytical laboratories and Quality Assurance, and was very active in the employee associations for Exxon and Seimens Company.
Bill was a good fast pitch softball player for over 10 years, usually playing the catcher position. This was a family priority also, traveling from town to town to watch him play other championship teams. Following his playing days, he coached Richland Pony, Colt, and American legion baseball from 1971-1978, coaching the same group of boys through their teenage years of baseball. From 1986-1993, he was an assistant coach for the women's fast pitch team at Richland High School. In 1993, he offered his coaching services to the Hanford High School women's fast pitch team. He was especially proud of the team at Hanford, since they won the state tournament the last year he helped out.
Bill loved his time on the Columbia River, took boating seriously, and was a member of the Richland Yacht Club.
He has also kept up with all the grandchildren's' sports and activities, never missing a birthday party or one of their special events. He loved us beyond measure as we did him.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 21, 2004, 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Personal memories may be shared with the family at www.einansfuneralhome.com. A reception will be held immediately after for family and friends at the Knights of Columbus in Richland.
Memorial donations can be made to Richland Babe Ruth Baseball, P.O. Box 1055, Richland, WA 99352, Greater Richland Little League, P. O. Box 4174, West Richland, WA 99353, and/or The Dance Class, 417 Wright, Richland, WA 99352, organizations he and his grandchildren support.