William V. “Bill” Lonnquist, 57, of Etters, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022, just three days following the loss of his wife, Pam. Their children and family surrounded them as they spent their last days at home together. Bill was the son of the late Daniel and Carol (Callahan) Lonnquist, born on February 11, 1965 in Chester.
He was a graduate of St. James Regional Catholic School, Chester, and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army following high school. He retired SFC after 20 years of service to his country, ultimately settling as an Airborne drill sergeant in the U.S. Army. He took his education seriously, obtaining a business degree from Liberty University through online courses. His time in the military would take him and his family all over, but his 1987 stint in Alaska proved to be one of the most memorable experiences. He met the love of his life, Pam, and the two would raise a blended family consisting of six children and lots of furry friends. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, New Cumberland, and he loved nothing more than being with his wife and family. A highlight for Bill was when he was able to return to Alaska, this time with Pam; they enjoyed exploring new things together, whether it was a food truck festival or checking out a local diner. In sports, he rooted for his alma mater, Liberty University, and he was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Although he was a drill sergeant by profession, he was softer at home (most of the time) and the absolute king of “dad jokes.” His sense of humor shone through until his very last days.
Surviving are his children, Jennifer Terrill (Christopher) of Springfield, Elizabeth Miller (Matthew) of York, and Daniel Lonnquist of Wallingford; step-children, Joel W. (Remer) King (Randy) of Orlando, FL, Rhonda M. Samborski (Zachery) of Coon Rapids, MN, and Brandi R. Reynolds (Joshua) of Schuylkill Haven; eight grandchildren; siblings, Thomas Lonnquist, Dave Lonnquist and Joann Lane; and many nieces and nephews. His family takes comfort in knowing that he has joined his best friend and wife, Pamela K. (Newton) Lonnquist, who passed on Wednesday, April 6.
A combined funeral service for Bill and Pam will be held at 2PM on Wednesday, April 13 at Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, New Cumberland. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services in the funeral home. Immediately following, a procession will depart for Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill, for a joint committal service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Bill’s name to the Penn State Cancer Institute, 400 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.