William McEldowney Jr.

McELDOWNEY, William E., Jr., 84, of Wheeling passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Forbes Hospice.

He was born November 14, 1929, in Elkins, WV, son of the late William E., Sr. and Thelma Sturm McEldowney.

Bill was a graduate of Elkins High School class of 1947 and a graduate of Davis & Elkins College.

Bill first became involved with the Wheeling YMCA in 1952. He became the executive director in 1970, and during his time with the YMCA he was very influential in starting or improving many sports programs; swimming, wrestling, flag-football, volleyball, and many others.

He started exercise programs for woman, the first of its kind in Wheeling. In 2001 he was given the “Mr. Mat” award. Bill dedicated his life to the Wheeling YMCA, and only left for two years to go to Greer, SC to help them develop their YMCA program. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Phillips McEldowney.

He is survived by four children, Debbie McEldowney of Florida, Sharon Merryman (Tim) of Shadyside, OH, Pam Patterson (Craig) of McKeesport, PA, and Jim McEldowney (Amy) of Edinboro, PA; seven grandchildren, Lisa and Billy Merryman, Bryce and Courtney Patterson, Jacob, Luke, and Elise McEldowney; a brother, Thomas McEldowney (Janet) of Nashville, TN; a niece, Kim Pennycuff (Neil); and two great- nieces, Ashley Chapman and Allison Pennycuff.

Friends will be received Friday, January 31, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Rd., Wheeling (304-232-2732), where a service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Kathy Barnhart officiating.

Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to YMCA Worthy Girls, Boys & Family Program, 55 Lounez Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.

William McEldowney Jr.

McELDOWNEY, William E. Jr., 84, of Wheeling passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Friends will be received Friday, January 31, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling, where a service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11 a.m.