R. William "Bill" Eaken, 91, of Wyomissing, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Louise (Evans) Eaken, with whom he celebrated 69 years of marriage. Born in Elgin, Illinois, he was the son of the late R.W. and Josephine (Ford) Eaken. Bill graduated from Reading High School Class of 1949 and attended Albright College. He was a member of Good Shepherd U.C.C.-Tuckerton and was very active over the years with Berks County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Berkshire Country Club, the Washington Library, and was a proud honorary member and past president of Maidencreek Fish and Game Club. Bill also served on the board of the 1st National Bank of Leesport, now VIST. Bill was the president of R.W. Eaken, Inc. for 40 years.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his four children; Deborah Schantz (Scott), Karen Peter (Tom), Barbara Nothstein (JR), and Scott Eaken (Brenda). He is also survived by six grandchildren; Alan Schantz (Kierston). Gretchen Cadenas (James), Jessica Eaken, Jennifer Lis, and Richard Cheslock (Molly), as well as six great-grandchildren; Colson and Conley Schantz, Jackson and Ivy Cadenas, Alex and Ethan Lis, and two sisters; Marjorie wife of James Rothermel of Highlands, NC, and Elizabeth wife of Oswald DiSciullo of Philadelphia. Bill is predeceased by his brother Roderick F. Eaken, husband of Mary of Bernville.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with services beginning at 12:00 pm in Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Avenue Reading, PA 19606. Interment will be private at Good Shepherd Cemetery, Tuckerton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepherd U.C.C. 170 Tuckerton Rd. Reading PA 19605. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com
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