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Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Tuesday July 26th, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Tuesday July 26th, 2022
1:00pm

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William T. Wichert

William T. Wichert, Jr. “beloved father, Poppi, and educator”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---William T. “Ted” Wichert, Jr., 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Monday, January 30, 1933 in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of William T. Sr. and Helen M. Chamberlin Wichert. On August 24, 1957 in Mansfield, he married Joyce L. Bowman, who passed away on October 24, 2009.

Ted graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1952. In high school, he played football and basketball. He was the first basketball player in the 1000 Point Club in the school. After high school, Ted served in the US Coast Guard. He then attended Mansfield Teacher’s College, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Ted spent his whole career at Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse, teaching 5th and 6th grade Math and Science. While there, he also for a number of years, drove a school bus. He started the Hunter Safety program in the school. He was a basketball coach and was a certified life guard at the “Sunnyside swimming hole”.

Ted attended the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. He was a life member and past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 where he, along with his wife in their younger years, were very active members. He was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was a member and Past Master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Ismailia Shrine in Buffalo, where he was active in the Shrine Circus. He was a member of the Oneida Fishing Club. He loved to fish, hunt, camp, cook, play cards, and make sauerkraut in October. At one time he assisted with Little League and Junior Little League in Shinglehouse. He very much enjoyed attending sporting events at Oswayo Valley. His greatest love was his family.

Left to cherish his memory are two sons, William T. “Tedd” (Deb) Wichert and Kent A. (Lisa) Wichert, both of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren, Amy Wichert, Jason Wichert, Eric Wichert, Ryan (Margie) Wichert, Chelsea (Andrew) Bean, Lindsey (Adam) Jandrew, Jake Wichert, Jillian Wichert, and Noah Wichert; four great-grandchildren, Bentley Wichert, Morgan Wichert, Beau Jandrew, and Emmie “Emily as Poppi called her” Jandrew; a sister, Sandra Schreiber of Hughesville; and three nephews.

Ted was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Preston Hutchins, Jr., of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 12:30pm in the funeral home on Tuesday.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SYSBA (Shinglehouse Youth Softball Baseball Association), PO Box 516, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Ted’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Ted, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.




Guestbook

TO TED'S FAMILY I EXTEND MY BELATED SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS. TED WAS MY COACH AND HIS WIFE TAUGHT SCHOOL IN SHINGLEHOUSE WITH MY MOTHER, GERTRUDE PRESS. WHEN JOYCE RETIRED SHE GAVE ME THE CHAIR MY MOTHER HAD IN HER ROOM. COACH WAS MY FRIEND AND MY COACH. I STOPPED IN SHINGLEHOUSE AND CHATTED WITH HIM WHEN I CAME TO SHINGLEHOUSE. HE HAD A BOOK HE CARRIED IN HIS POCKET. HE COULD TELL ME WHEN I PLAYED AND WHO ELSE DID. HE ALSO TOLD ME THAT MY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM HIM. I ALWAYS THINK OF HIM THIS TIME OF YEAR FOR HE LOVED GOING TO WILLWAMSPORT FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES. REST IN PEACE COACH. I WILL MISS YOU.

HARLAN PRESS Aug 8 2022 10:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wichert

Bucky and Susie Jul 26 2022 5:33 PM

A wonderful man and a blessing to our community. May God bless his family at this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

Michael Tarbell Jul 26 2022 10:36 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wichert

Dave and Kathy Garrity Jul 24 2022 7:07 PM

Sorry, for the family's loss. Enjoyed having him for a teacher.

Becky Austin Jul 24 2022 5:55 PM

We've been neighbors with the Wicherts for 46 years! What wonderful folks both Ted and Joyce were. We will miss Ted sitting on the porch. It was neat to read of Ted's being the Sunnyside life guard. When I was little, my Dad, Joe Sprout, would lock up the drugstore from noon til 1 and on warm summer days, we'd hurry up to Sunnyside and swim instead of having a lunch hour I so remember "Mr. Wichert" being there as the life guard! What fun it was! Such fond memories of a great man!

Cynthia Bell Jul 24 2022 5:12 PM

Hard to believe my "Gentle Giant" uncle has passed away. I so much cherished visiting Uncle Ted and Aunt Joyce in Shinglehouse. I will never forget the time Uncle Ted and my father were practicing casting with a new fly-rod and caught the family dog's lip with the fly! Aunt Joyce wanted to call an ambulance, but they were able to cut the hook in half with a pair of needle nose pliers w/ no harm to the dog at all. Take care Teddy and Kent, it's a different world without parents in it.

David Wintermute Jul 24 2022 11:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wichert

Karen Evingham Wyckoff Jul 23 2022 6:55 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wichert

mandy L smith Jul 23 2022 6:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William Wichert

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