William George Laughner

William George Laughner

BIRTH: 05/03/1943

DEATH: 09/10/2018

William George Laughner, 75, born May 3, 1943, passed away September 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at home. Son of Arthur and Romaine Laughner. Bill and his “bride” Marlene Birnesser married on June 1, 1968. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party thrown by their family.

Bill was extremely active in his community and in numerous organizations. He was the past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Pittsburgh Chapter. He was the past president of the Little Beaver Lions Club, and he also directed their Mother’s Day rose sale. He initiated the duck races for the Lion’s Club thus earning the nickname “Duckman.” For many years he was involved in the upkeep of Beacon Lodge. Bill and Marlene participated in the Lion listener reading program at Northwestern Elementary School and Chippewa. He was well known for always having a raffle ticket to sell for something.

For many years he served as Chairman of the Beaver County Stockman’s Club and was extremely active in the Hookstown Fair.

For the last several years, the organization nearest and dearest to his heart was the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 862. He served as their executive vice president in the past, and he was also involved in planning projects and activities. He was most proud to welcome fellow soldiers home and thank them for their service, a welcome home that he never received. He served in Vietnam from March of 1966 and returned to the states in March of 1967.

Bill was a graduate of the Carnegie School of Technology. He was a lab technician at Providence Hospital. In 1967, he started the first Nuclear Medicine department at New Brighton Hospital and eventually Rochester Hospital. He earned the nickname “the Father of Nuclear Medicine” in Beaver County. In 1980 Bill moved to the Medical Center which is now Heritage Valley where he worked in Nuclear Medicine until 1992. Bill then went to work for Tri-State Cardiology establishing nuclear cardiac imaging for the Hopewell and Beaver offices.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marlene Laughner, and he is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and Dan McCracken, Jodie and Larry Aikins, and Chris and Mike Sylvester. He leaves behind eight grandchildren who admired and adored him, Eric, Allison and Emily McCracken, Austin, Nathan and Hannah Aikins, and Domenic and Maryn Sylvester. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, James Laughner, Barb and Lou Magnotta, Robert and Linda Laughner, and Becky and Keith Dunbaugh; as well as many nephews and nieces who were more like grandchildren to him.

He was preceded in death by both his parents, and his sister, Mary Buffington.

Bill will be sadly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. He’s travelled to a better place where there is no pain, an abundance of junk to collect, always a full cup of ice, and where the sidewalks are lined with chocolate ice cream. May we meet again.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 2 and 4 to 6 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com, where a service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Rev. C.F. Hoffman will officiate. The Little Beaver Lions Club will conduct a ceremony on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

A private memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be donated to the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 862, P.O. Box 26, Rochester, PA 15074 or the Little Beaver Lions Club, 3407 Constitution Blvd., Darlington, PA 16115.

Special thanks and gratitude to Dr. Paul Wawrzynski and staff for listening and helping when no one else would. Also, to the Stepeks, the Enslens, the Stalneckers, the Cekoviches, the Gormans, the Grivnas and the Yanssens for not only being lifelong neighbors but also for being family.

Lastly, our deepest gratitude to sister-in-law Pat Birnesser, who put her life on hold to help care for Bill.





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14 entries.
The Powers Family from East Palestine Ohio wrote on September 14, 2018 at 1:48 am:
Bill was a nice man and a great friend to everyone at the polo games. We will miss his smile and his jokes.
Pauline &Thomas Morgan from Beaver falls PA wrote on September 13, 2018 at 9:16 pm:
Dear Marlene and family. We are so sorry to hear that Bill passed and want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill & I had worked for many years at valley Internal Medicine and Cardiology and later for tristate Cardiology. I emensely enjoyed his Cantor plus always new he had such great work ethic. The Hook's town fair was always such a part of him plus his commitment to fellow veterans. May he rest in peace. God bless him and God be with you in this difficult time.
Betty Lou Ivell from Harrisville wrote on September 13, 2018 at 1:37 pm:
Bill was a great individual and a dedicated Lion. His charity will be greatly missed as will his perky personality. I am honored to have had the pleasure of knowing him. God bless!
Michael & Marian Perich from Center Twp wrote on September 13, 2018 at 3:20 am:
Rest In Peace Bill, we had the pleasure of meeting you and knowing you for a short time. Your smile and sense of humor will not be forgotten. May memories of the good times bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.
Jason Altmire from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL wrote on September 13, 2018 at 12:05 am:
A great man who will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace, Duckman. You truly made a difference.
Jennifer Patton from Beaver Falls wrote on September 12, 2018 at 11:48 pm:
I have had the pleasure to work with Bill over the last few years. He will be missed greatly! I will miss his infectious personallity and humor. Godspeed!
Jane + Larry Mengel from Rochester wrote on September 12, 2018 at 10:17 pm:
My thoughts + prayers r with u + ur family Marlene
DON VILLELLA from CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, PA wrote on September 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm:
You are looking down on us brother. Prayers for your family.
Paula Havasi from Beaver Pa wrote on September 12, 2018 at 12:25 pm:
Duck I will truly miss you. Rest in peace.
Bob & Birdie Nelson from Darlington wrote on September 12, 2018 at 9:25 am:
Godspeed! You will be missed!
Bill Ross from New Castle wrote on September 12, 2018 at 2:59 am:
I had the pleasure of knowing Bill the past 4 years through the Lions. He was a great man and always had a kind words. I'll miss him joking with me.
Alice Jubb from Darlington wrote on September 12, 2018 at 2:05 am:
May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this time. I did not know Bill on a personal level but know he raised a beautiful, caring family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John and Mary Laughlin from Homosassa FL wrote on September 12, 2018 at 1:10 am:
Bill you will be missed. Never a dull moment with Bill around. Always a great person with the biggest heart. Heaven is so lucky to have you. May you keep them laughing. Till we met again at the pearly gates . Yes how many tickets do you have we need to buy.
Love and hugs.
John and Mary
SKIP Haswell from Nokomis, fl wrote on September 12, 2018 at 12:48 am: