William E. McFadden Sr.

September 16, 1930December 3, 2019

William “Bill” Earl McFadden, 89, life-long farmer, died Dec. 3, 2019, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, following 35 days of hospice care at Dubois Continuum of Care Community. Affectionately known as “Friendly Bill from Quaker Hills”, he was born Sep. 16, 1930, and remained in Hepburnia, the son of late James Harold McFadden, former Clearfield County Commissioner, and Odessa Marie (Thorp), first female Prothonotary of Clearfield County. On Apr 19, 1952 in Cumberland, Maryland he wed Elizabeth J. “Bettie” Mulhollan, surviving daughter of late William O. Mulhollan, Sr. and Eva K. (Rapp). His dairyman career ended in 1980, and thereafter, he crop farmed for a span of well over 60 years. Named in honor of his grandfathers, he attributing his love for farming to grandparents William T. Thorp, and Vienna J. (Kirk), fondly recounting stories of his youthful days spent on the Kirk/Thorp farm, while equally enjoying time with grandparents Earl James McFadden and Edith L. (Way) in Curwensville. His eldest sister Donna Ruth and second sister Nancy L. wife of Robert C. Wriglesworth also preceded him in death. A 1948 graduate of Curwensville High School, he was drafted into the U.S. Army (1956-57), stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky, sniper trained, and awarded the champion marksmanship medal of all Divisions in Europe while stationed. He remained a reservist until discharge in 1963. During the 1950’s he farmed while helping build Quaker Hills Dairy and Farm with his parents, establishing milk delivery routes as milkman to parts of Clearfield, Indiana, and bordering Jefferson Counties. Later, he purchased the farm from his parents. His early membership in the West Branch Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was requested by his parents, in turn, he did the same for wife and sons. He was a member of the former Penn Grange #534, Grampian Lion’s Club, and served as representative for numerous farming associations. Bill held a great capacity for friendship and fairness, both on the Clearfield County Assessment Board of Appeals, and in support of local and neighboring communities fundraising efforts. Later in life, he loved to tend timberland and vegetable gardened through 2018. He is survived by three sisters; Janet M. and Gary Michaels, Hepburnia; Susan J. and Anthony “Tony” Johnson, Bells Landing; and Rebecca “Becky” D. and Daryl Hertlein, Clearfield, and their families. In addition, his children Rodney A. and Lisa (Straw), William E. Jr. “Wall” and Jan (Simbeck), Hepburnia, and Mark E. and Thomas H. Baker, Jr. Annapolis, Maryland survive him. His grandchildren, Molly A. (daughter of former Pamela S. Donahue) and John Gustafson, Florida; Casey McCartney, great grandson Evan (son of Jeff McCartney), Corey and Tiffany (Bell) and great granddaughter Mira, Hepburnia, and Jordyn M. and fiancé Brad Gindlesperger, Curwensville also remain. He is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their families throughout the area. In honor of his wishes, no public viewing or memorial service will be conducted. Interment will be held at a later date in Friends Cemetery, Grampian. The family also wishes to thank the Nursing care staff of Dubois Nursing Home and Hospice caregivers. Suggested Memorial donations honoring Bill’s memory may be made to the Penn Highlands Hahne Regional Cancer Center, Dubois, The West Branch Friends Cemetery Association, Grampian, or a personal cause of choice.


William E. McFadden Sr.

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Denise Harrison Coconut Creek

January 25, 2020

He was the best uncle, I always loved to visit with him and aunt Betty, the home made ice cream was a favorite for all of us. Omg years ago, the baseball games, loved those times, would visit with all kids, down on the Bottom floor in sleeping bags, the best days of my life, RIP Uncle Bill love you

Martin W. Farwell Pauline

December 13, 2019


Please accept our condolences on the passing of Mr. Bill.
I have many great memories of growing up around Haytown, and helping make hay for Bill on the Quaker Hills Dairy Farm. He was always known for making his bales long and heavy!
Looking back at my childhood, I can say working for Bill and other area farmers like Bob and Bud, that those were great times to be a young man growing up in rural America. These men were great examples. They certainly were no strangers to long hours and hard work, and yet always had a positive attitude and time to be involved in helping others.
He will, just as Bob and Bud, be greatly missed.


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