Obituary: William H. Moravec

The Chronicle Express
The Chronicle Express

William H. Moravec, 94, of Penn Yan, passed away at home Friday, July 3, 2020.

A funeral service at Townsend Wood & Zinger Funeral Home with interment and Military Honors at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan will be held privately for his family. A celebration of his life will be held at the family home at 1658 Himrod Road, Penn Yan, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Those in attendance are asked to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Bill was born in Elmira, Feb. 9, 1926, the son of the late Barney and Alice (Hitchcock) Moravec. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy Class of 1944 and was a member of the 1943 Champion Football Team. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sept. 12, 1944 and served on the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) as a Fireman First Class in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was Honorably Discharged July 15, 1946. He married his bride of 71 years, Marilyn (Davidson) Moravec, Jan. 29, 1949. 

Bill worked with his father at the family business, Barney Moravec Inc. He worked at the St. Lawrence Seaway Construction, the N.Y. State Thruway Construction, and had worked or directed work on thousands of wells, elevator shafts, and de-watering projects throughout N.Y. State. Bill had developed water supplies for Corning Glass, Westinghouse, and numerous municipalities including Dundee. 

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as President from 1982 to 1983 and Kiwanis Lt. Governor of the Fingers Lakes Division 1988. He was also a member of the Empire State Water Well Drillers Association, as well as, the National Ground Water Association. Bill was a lifetime member of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church since he was a child. He was an avid hunter, auto racing enthusiast, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Bill is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marilyn Jane (Davidson) Moravec; children, William A. (Patricia) Moravec, John K. Moravec, Elizabeth M. (David) Fultz, and Richard S. (Judy) Moravec; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, with two due in the fall; sisters, Nancy Beach and Marie Wright; and cousin, Marcy Smith. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his son, Robert Moravec.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, 166 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527; or to Yates-Ontario Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456. Memories of Bill may be shared with his family and friends at