In Memory of PSLS Past Director William R. Hower, PLS

21 Dec 2017 3:32 PM | Wayne Kessler (Administrator)

William R Hower Sr       September 23 1927 – December 20 2017

     Bill reported to US Navy Boot Camp in Bainbridge, Maryland the day after graduation from Hatboro High School in 1945.  World War II ended while he was still in boot camp.  Bainbridge became a separation center and he was assigned to the Separation Team.  He spent 14 months on active duty at Bainbridge and was separated in August 1946.

     In the fall of 1946 Bill entered Drexel Institute of Technology under the GI bill.  After 2 ½ years at Drexel, while doing his internship, he was offered a Surveyor’s position with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and began traveling throughout Pennsylvania. 

     In 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Dale Crouthamel and began working at Charles E Shoemaker, Engineers and Land Surveyors.  Bill and Dale raised 3 children in their Glenside home, Sandy, Sue and Bill.  Unfortunately Dale passed away in 1990.  Bill was single and unhappy for 4 years until he met Donna Perlman.  They were married in September 1994.  Donna had 2 sons, Adam and Glenn.  Together they have 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

     In 1971 Bill and Kent Blades (also formerly of PSLS Del Val Chapter) purchased the business from Mr Shoemaker.  Bill served as President of the company until 1992 when he retired from full time employment.  He continued to work part-time until April 2000.   Bill was a Life Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors and served many years as an Officer of the Delaware Valley Chapter and was also an instructor at many of the annual Land Surveyor Conferences held at Penn State and Hershey Conference Center.

     Bill was active with Boy Scouts of America, Troop #48 in Glenside from 1972 to 2004.  He was Assistant Scoutmaster from 1975-1983, Secretary of the Troop Committee 1982-2000.  He also served on the Finance Committee of the Washington District Cradle of Liberty.  In 1994 he received the District Award of Merit, in 1999 the Cradle of Liberty Silver Beaver Award and in 2002 the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. 

     Bill became a Mason in Friendship Lodge #400 at Jenkintown on February 14 1980. Within 2 years of receiving his Master Mason’s Degree, he became active in the Floor Work and Committees.  He was honored by the Lodge many times and received numerous awards

     Bill became a 32nd degree Mason in the Valley of Allentown Lehigh Consistory in 1999.  In 2008 he transferred to the Benjamin Franklin Consistory in Philadelphia. 

     In 1999 he  became a Shriner in LuLu Shrine.  He later joined the Bucks County Shrine Club, the Yacht Club, the Legion of Honor and the LuLu Scouting Unit.   With Bucks County he was a full time member of the George Washington Float Committee.  Shortly after joining the Legion of Honor, Bill was appointed Chaplain.  He was proud to recognize ALL Veterans.  He served as Chaplain from 2006 to 2015.  During those years he traveled with the Legion each November to Arlington National Cemetery to serve as Chaplain at the Dinner after the Wreath Laying. Bill Hower was highly respected by his peers for his professionalism and high business ethics.

​To pay your respects to Bill Hower his service will be at ​

St Anne's Episcopal Church, 2119 Old Welsh Rd, Abington, PA 19001 January 6 2018 - visitation from 10:30-12 Noon. Mass at 12 noon with reception in the parish hall immediately following.

In lieu of flowers if desired, donations may be sent to St Anne's Episcopal Church 2119 Old Welsh Road, Abington PA 19001 ...or...Shriner's Hospital for Children at 3551 N Broad St, Phila, PA 19140

Bill Howers Legacy was spread thru his family boasting 5 Land Surveyors with 220 years of total survey experience!  From left to right: grandson Brian Ingram, son Bill Hower jr, Bill Hower PLS, Charles Hower brother, and Dale Leonard, PLS​


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