William H. (Bill) Petre, Sr.

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William H. (Bill) Petre, Sr.

October 22, 1925 - April 23, 2018

William Harry (Bill) Petre, Sr., 92, a long-time resident of Norman and now of San Antonio since August 2010, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Helen Mae (Cass) Cassett Petre. He is survived by his son William Harry (Bill) Petre, Jr. of Gonzales, TX; daughter Cassandra (Candi) Petre Carpenter and son-in-law John of Annandale, VA; grandsons Welby Allen (Rich) Richardson and wife Valerie, and William Douglas (Will) Petre and wife Jennifer; granddaughters Katherine Elizabeth (Kitty) Petre of Gonzales; and Kara-Anne Cassett Pantalena and husband Anthony of Alexandria, VA.

Bill was born on October 22, 1925 in Carlisle, PA, to Frank Metz Petre and Helen Lydia Sprout. He was the fourth of five children and the youngest son of two boys. His sister Ursula Wall of Cincinnati survives him.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He saw service during World War II in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to Carlisle where he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 104th Armored Cavalry. He retired from the National Guard with the rank of Master Sergeant.

He worked Olmstead Air Base at Middletown (PA) Air Depot until 1966 when the base was closed. The family moved to Norman, OK, where he worked at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. He retired from Tinker after 35 years of government service.

Bill and Cass were members of University Lutheran Chapel. He may be best known by his shaved head and the handlebar mustache he sported for the majority of his adult life. Bill and Cass loved to host their grandchildren in Norman for several weeks every summer. The Petres had a huge backyard full of fruit trees the "grands" could climb; Bill even built a tree house for them in one of the trees.

Bill and Cass traveled around the United States and Canada in their RV trailer for 30 years, and even made it through Mexico with their trailer tied down on a flatbed train car. After moving to Blue Skies of Texas East in San Antonio, Bill was most proud of his prowess at the pool hall winning "the shark" a few times.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28 in the Blue Skies East Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. A reception will follow immediately. Bill will be interred beside his wife in the family plot in New Bloomfield, PA later this summer.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hough Ear Institute in Oklahoma City, OK.
Published on April 25, 2018
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