STONY CREEK — William S. Liebl, 80, died Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2013, at Glens Falls Hospital.
Born Nov. 12, 1932, in Stony Creek, he was the son of the late Francis X. and Bella (Matuszak) Liebl. He was a 1951 graduate of Hadley-Luzerne High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, attaining the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge in 1959 and earning the Good Conduct medal.
Bill worked at International Paper Co., Corinth, for 35 years, retiring as a millwright, in the Groundwood, Woodyard and Coating Prep departments in 1989. He was a cowboy at several area dude ranches and was caretaker of Livingston Lake Club. He was also a certified private investigator and was playfully called “Columbo” by his family.
He married Patricia A. O’Rourke on Jan. 25, 1957, in Corinth. Pat died Jan. 10, 1995, following 37 years of marriage.
Bill had been active in many community organizations as a member of Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Columbus Rev. John E. Dignan Council No. 3271, Corinth, and a Stony Creek town councilman for several terms. He taught the 4-H snowmobile safety course, was a Boy Scouts of America leader, a member of Free and Accepted Masons Warrensburg Lodge No. 425 and Unity Lodge No. 22, serving as past master for both lodges.
He was a member of Oriental Shriners, Troy, and was appointed as a state Conservation Department fire warden. He was a member of Quarter Century Club of International Paper Co.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling and socializing.
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He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Patricia Liebl, and two brothers, John Liebl and Raymond Liebl.
Survivors include one son, Joseph Liebl of Glens Falls; two daughters, Bernadette Gray and her husband, Kim, of Gansevoort, and Maureen Zinda and her husband, Larry, of Stony Creek; his beloved grandchildren, Justin and Jared Zinda, Courtney and Chan Gray; two brothers, Daniel Liebl and his wife, Patricia, of Hadley, and George Liebl and his wife, Jean, of Swansea, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Liebl of Greenfield Center, and Teresa Liebl of Swansea, Mass.; his significant other, Barbara Brooks of Queensbury; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (today), April 5, 2013, at Brewer Funeral Home Inc., 24 Church St., Lake Luzerne, where members of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 425 and Lodge No. 22 will conduct services at 8 p.m.
In keeping with Bill’s wishes, there are no funeral services scheduled.
Bill’s family wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Hoy and the staff of Glens Falls Hospital C.C.U. for the compassionate care they provided.
Contributions in Bill’s memory may be directed to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801 or to American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
To express your condolences to Bill’s family, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.