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Calling Hours:
Monday, March 18, 2024, 5:00-7:00pm
First Church of God
192 Vernon Rd., Greenville, PA

Funeral Service:
Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 1:00pm
First Church of God
192 Vernon Rd., Greenville, PA
Rev. Rob Robertson, Pastor, officiating

At the conclusion of the service, military honors
will be rendered by VFW Honor Guard #3374.
Burial will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.

Billy “Bill” L. Sankey, age 82, of Greenville, passed away surrounded by his family Thursday morning, March 14, 2024 in UPMC Passavant-McCandless. He was born in Greenville on March 10, 1942 to William Paul “Pete” and Leona Mae (Adams) Sankey.

Bill was a 1960 graduate of Greenville High School and then served as both active duty and as a reservist for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. On June 15, 1962 he married the former Rosalie Lenora Schreiner. He retired in 2002 from the Bessemer & Lake Erie R.R., where he was employed in the Transportation Department for 37 years. Bill was then employed as a coach driver for Anderson Bus and Coach, served as a driver to the Amish community for 12 years as well as serving as a driver for the Greenville Chrysler dealership and Thiel College.

He attended First Church of God, Greenville, where he had served as the Mission Treasurer. Bill was a member and past Worshipful Master for F&AM Lodge #290. He and his wife were a host family for international students for 20 years and Bill had been very active in Celebrate Recovery at Hope Center Ministries. He had a heart for serving others and had a special love for the Hope Center young men. Bill voluntarily wrote and mailed encouraging cards to many people each month. His other interests included, riding his Harley motorcycle and spending time with his family. As an avid walker, he could be seen walking the neighborhood 3-5 miles a day.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, Bill is survived by his two daughters, RoseMarie (Barry) Lang and Sherri (Rob) Robinson, all of Greenville; a son, Bruce R. (Rachelle) Sankey of Jamestown; grandchildren, Tiffany, Brittany, Dan, Zach, Loghan, Camryn and Gavin, ten great-grandchildren, a brother, Rev. Leonard (Janet) Sankey of Union, KY; a sister Betty (Arden) McCartney of Pittsburgh, a sister-in-law Cyndi Sankey of Greenville and many and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother David “Doc” Sankey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Center Ministries, 11076 County Line Rd., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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22 Comments

  1. Rob Henry Rob Henry
    March 15, 2024    

    I loved walking with Bill. I will miss him on earth, but I believe I will walk with him down streets of gold in heaven.
    What a wonderful man of God!

  2. Denise Loreno Denise Loreno
    March 16, 2024    

    Such a gentle and soft spoken man. Always smiling and so kind. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  3. Mark and Linda Stewart Mark and Linda Stewart
    March 16, 2024    

    Thoughts and prayers with the Sankey family. So sorry for your loss

  4. Gregory G Greenlee Gregory G Greenlee
    March 16, 2024    

    My sincerest condolences, Billy was a true gentleman and always had beautiful attitude about Life and the afterlife.. and wasn’t afraid to share or witness.. his faith.. the community has lost one of its best.

  5. Ray and Mary Ella Ray and Mary Ella
    March 16, 2024    

    Dear Rosalie and family,
    Ray and I are so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of him. He will be missed by many. May God continue to surround you with His love and presence.

  6. Rise L Webber Rise L Webber
    March 16, 2024    

    Rosalie, I am sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your husband but I remember you from the hospital. I hope you find comfort in the memories you have.
    Rise Webber

  7. Patty (Aubel) John and Mika Diethorn Patty (Aubel) John and Mika Diethorn
    March 16, 2024    

    Our sympathies to the Sankey family . Bill always greeted our family with a smile and a kind word. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  8. Robert and Karen Sadler Robert and Karen Sadler
    March 16, 2024    

    My memories go back to Vanilla Ice cream,Hersey chocolate syrup, and Planters peanuts, the Sankey family tradition. As we sat around eating this delicious dessert we laughed enjoying and shared our love for each other and for our relationship with Jesus. Billy made you feel welcomed and valued. I’m glad that the Lord gave us this time together, we will miss his presence here but know that our future in Christ will keep us together forever. Keeping the family in our prayers knowing God has sent the comforter and is surrounding you with His love and presence as you walk through this valley. We love you

  9. Tim K. Tim K.
    March 17, 2024    

    Bill would always greet me with a hi my friend how are you before the service began, I’m sure gonna miss him. Rest In Peace my brother

  10. David Latshaw David Latshaw
    March 17, 2024    

    Though saddened by his absence yet comforted by his loving testimony, I am just one of many that looked forward to his greetings… at Hope Center, church or elsewhere, The Love of God had a clear flow through Bill. Now, looking forward to our next Glorious Greeting, soon! He is a blessing!

  11. Sue Anderson & Darrell Nicklin Sue Anderson & Darrell Nicklin
    March 17, 2024    

    Deepest sympathy to Rosalie and all the Sankey family.
    Bill made the world a beautiful place with his kindness
    And love for others. He is in heaven for sure!!

  12. Sharon Emmett Sharon Emmett
    March 17, 2024    

    My heart is broken even though I know he is worshipping God in all his glory. Bill was truly a man of God as he loved people right where they were in life. Her always made me feel special which was a gift he had with people. Bill and Rosalie were a true power couple for the kingdom of God. My prayers are for my sweet Rosalie and her wonderful family. ❤️

  13. Skip & Claire Dube. Skid1dube@gmail.com Skip & Claire Dube. Skid1dube@gmail.com
    March 17, 2024    

    Bill, I first met you and Rosalie in 1964. You were so gracious when I brought my wife to meet you. Our heart goes out to Rosalie, at our age losing a lifelong partner weighs heavy on our hearts, so happy that you are surrounded by family and your belief in the Lord. He’s your angel now watching over all of you.

  14. Emilie Lynn cooper Emilie Lynn cooper
    March 18, 2024    

    I will miss you Bill you always be my best friends for ever I loved you Bill you are a good card player I will miss seeing you Bill

  15. Umer Farooq Umer Farooq
    March 18, 2024    

    I will miss Papa. I still cannot believe that he was so eager to go to Heaven and leave us behind. I had wonderful days and great memories. During COVID, both Papa and Nana sheltered me and I spent 2-3 months with them at their home. Riding a bike, eating ice cream, watching Andy Griffith Show. What a great time.

    May Papa’s soul rest in Peace.

    I will miss you!
    From Pakistan,

  16. Marj Hodge Kramer Marj Hodge Kramer
    March 18, 2024    

    Rosalie and Family: Please accept my sincere sympathy. I enjoyed getting to know you on First Avenue; you were wonderful neighbors to my mom (Betty Price). Our tea times at your house were wonderful, and we appreciated so much Bill’s help driving family members to and from the airport. Your many kindnesses will be remembered. Thoughts and prayers, Marj Hodge Kramer

  17. Jill Axtell Jill Axtell
    March 18, 2024    

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 18, 2024    

    Dear Rosalie and family be assured of our prayers, so sorry

  19. Becky Riley and Addie Kraeling Becky Riley and Addie Kraeling
    March 18, 2024    

    To the Sankey family,
    I just met Bill last year at a school function he and Rosalie were attending. My granddaughter and I seen Bill every morning when we would drive to school. We did not know him, nor did he know us, but every morning Bill waved to us and we looked forward to seeing him every day. When I met him, he only knew me by my car I drove. He made our morning by just a simple gesture as a wave. Addie and I will certainly miss a kind soul that briefly touched our lives. God bless you and your family and our deepest condolences.

    Becky Riley and Addie Kraeling

  20. Jill Ferguson Graham Jill Ferguson Graham
    March 18, 2024    

    My deepest sympathy to all of the Sankey family. I am still in shock over the loss of Bill. I can’t even fathom not seeing him out there walking anymore. Rosalie, I thank you all for letting me be a part of his life by babysitting for when the kids were young. Soooooooo many precious memories over the years. He always, always, always found a way to say hi to me whenver he saw me. What a uniqe and great guy and I can’t imagine how you all will feel without him. May those many memories you shared together over the years and the grace of God comfort you as you try to adjust to life without him here on earth. I am sorry I didn’t make it viewing hours, I really just have no excuse other than I got busy and forgot. RIP my friend and may you all know that heaven gained an angel and someday you will see each other again in a much better place. GOD BLESS you all!!!

  21. Linda Greenfield Linda Greenfield
    March 19, 2024    

    I will miss Bill and his sense of humor. He and my husband Lee ,were friends growing up in the same Church on Clarksville Street in Greenville. Bill ended up marrying my cousin,Rosalie. I enjoyed seeing Bill different times while going into Walmart, and if he saw me he would try to beat me in the door. He stopped a couple times while riding his motorcycle past our house . He was a man of God!

  22. Donald W Eakman Donald W Eakman
    March 20, 2024    

    My deepest Sympathy to Rosalie and family. I met Bill in 1985 when he came to see about Lodge.
    We become friends and Brothers. Although we drifted apart these past few years he was always
    a special person. God bless him.

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