Mayor Bill Troxell – #72

William E. Troxell, 93, of Gettysburg, passed away on Thursday, December. 12, 2019, at Gettysburg Center. He was born on Oct. 4, 1926, in Gettysburg, the son of the late Harry J. and Tillie Garver Troxell, a direct descendant of John Troxell, the first settler of Gettysburg. His wife, Ellen Virginia “Honey” Troxell died in 2018. Bill graduated from Gettysburg High School and attended Gettysburg College from 1946 to 1947. He graduated from Lycoming College in 1951. He completed graduate studies at Western Maryland College, Shippensburg University and Penn State University. He received varsity football letters from both Gettysburg High School and Lycoming College. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army, and later served 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He resigned from the Army Reserves as a captain in October 1965. Following college, Bill was engaged in inventory control for John L. Roebling Sons, a steel manufacturing company (the firm that built the Brooklyn Bridge), in Trenton, New Jersey. From 1952 through 1957, he was employed by the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, first as a sales representative and later as a district supervisor. From 1957 through 1961, he was involved in inventory control, purchasing, and office management for the Pennsylvania Public School Building Authority in Harrisburg, Pa. In 1962, he was employed by the Adams County Superintendent of Schools (Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12). For the next 29 years, he served the Intermediate Unit in a number of capacities, as a teacher, football coach, athletic director, and as a diversified occupational coordinator. During the years of 1972 through 1974, he was the president of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit Professional Employees Organization. He was a member of the Gettysburg Country Club for 53 years and served as on the board of directors for several years. He was also a member of the Albert J. Lentz American Legion Post 202. Bill was a Mason with membership in the Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336 of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide (1991-2016), and a member of the Adams County Historical Society. He was appointed to the National Park Advisory Commission by the Secretary of the Interior. Bill was elected to the Gettysburg Borough Council in 1991 and served as a councilman (vice president 1996-1997) until December 1997, when he was appointed to the office of mayor of Gettysburg. In the general municipal election in November 1999, he was elected to the office of mayor for a two-year term with 89 percent of the vote, reelected in 2001 with 92 percent of the vote, and finally in the 2005 election he was elected to a four-year term with 85 percent of the vote. During the years that Bill was mayor, many borough projects were undertaken and completed, the renovation of the Majestic Theater, restoration of both the Wills House and the Gettysburg Train Station, building a third deck on the parking garage, new signage around town and Steinwehr Avenue beautification. Mayor Troxell is survived by a daughter Penny Ann Monforte and her husband Steven of Gettysburg; a son William E. Troxell Jr. and his wife Tina of Orrtanna; three grandchildren, Kristi Monforte Raffensperger, Melissa Miller, and Travis Nathaniel Troxell; and a great-granddaughter Caton Elizabeth Raffensperger. Bill was predeceased by a brother Harry Troxell. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at 11 a.m. from the Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Adams County Community Foundation, 25 S. Fourth St., Gettysburg, PA 17325.


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September 15, 2018 Leonard Kinder Badge #67
August 18, 2018 George Staley Badge #37
May 20, 2018 RIchard Bellamy Badge #174
April 26, 2018 Bill Martin Badge #103
March 30, 2018 Joe Steinour Badge #80
October 26, 2017 Barbara Schutt Badge #38
September 12, 2017 George Gargus Badge #204
September 3, 2017 Bill Dowling Badge #209
July 24, 2017 Jim Kralik Badge #58
May 25, 2017 Michael Vallone Badge #197
September 7, 2016 Herb Laughman Badge #98
June 19, 2016 Charlie Kingston Badge #70
April 21, 2016 Rob Wingert Badge #168
April 18, 2016 John Vollbrecht Badge #128
January 29, 2016 James L. “Jim” Martin Badge #140
January 14, 2016 Charlie Hathaway Badge #41
January 3, 2016 George Symons Badge #104
August 20, 2015 James (Skip) Wensyel Badge #86
August 20, 2015 Nora Saum Badge #5
July 31, 2015 Stan O’Donnell Badge #238
November 2, 2014 Joe Bushey Badge #16
October 30, 2014 Cliff Detweiler Badge #171
July 30, 2014 Jack Lynch Badge #132
April 17, 2014 Bob Frank Badge #65
January 6, 2014 Woody Christ Badge #20
December 6, 2013 Hans Henzel Badge #38
October 15, 2013 Mark Strauch Badge #251
October 2, 2013 John Weixel Badge #225
June 19, 2013 Clyde R. Bell Guide Supervisor
September 21, 2013 Ted Haupt Badge #61
January 15, 2013 James W. Tate Badge #53
March 31, 2012 David Gutknecht Badge #221
December 11, 2011 Anthony Kellon Badge #220
October  24, 2011 Paul C. Cooksey Badge #31
April 15, 2011 Harold Small Badge #30
February 16, 2011 Samuel R. McHenry, Jr. Badge #79
February 6, 2011 Perry O. Pherson Badge #29
January 5, 2011 George E. Shealer Badge #121
January 23, 2010 Robert C. Mullen Badge #7
August 2, 2009 John Anthony “Tony” Brogan Badge #129
May 15, 2009 Suzanne Harbach Badge #6
January 1, 2009 Harmon Furney Badge #51
November 1, 2008 Eugene McVicker Badge #22
September 2007 Jack Wise Badge #133
August 6, 2007 John O’Brien Badge #109
April 21, 2007 Betty Weaver Badge #1
April 2, 2007 Maxine Hartlaub Badge #40
January 11, 2007 Louis Fischer Badge #49
February 7, 2007 Becky Lyons Assistant Guide Supervisor
December 15, 2006 Alan Crawford Badge #108
September 4, 2006 Paul Burkholder Badge #39
February 6, 2006 Druid Deitch Badge #94
July 5, 2005 Donna Migdalski Badge #60
April 24, 2005 Russell Cunningham Badge #2
February 14, 2005 Richard L. Fox Badge #19


In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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