William ‘Bill’ Hackulich
William “Bill” Hackulich, 91 years old, of Alcoa, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012. He was born December 9, 1921, in Tobyhanna, Pa., and was a World War II veteran serving with the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during 1941-1945 in the defense and occupation of Guadalcanal. He was wounded at Peleliu and was awarded the Purple Heart. He graduated from Millersville University in Millersville, Pa., taught 7th grade to high school general science and physics for 35 years at Lansdale, Pa., Langhorne, Pa., Hellertown, Pa., and Willingboro, N.J. Before enlisting in the Marines, he worked at the Reading Railroad in Philadelphia and also was an auto mechanic before going to college. He earned four doctorate degrees on the Internet in aeronautics, genetics, exercise science and meteorology. After graduating from college, he became a member of the Penn Athletic Club in Philadelphia participating in running and walking races. Survivors include wife, Elizabeth; children, Kathy Tallent and spouse Gary of Seymour, Mary Ellen Robertshaw and spouse Bruce of West Orange, N.J., and Paul Hackulich and spouse Mary Beth of Maryville. Memorial services will be held at Fairview United Methodist Church, Maryville, at 2 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, in the small chapel.