Obituary - William H. Askey

Magistrate Judge William H. Askey, 88, of Williamsport, died Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Gatehouse Hospice.

Magistrate Judge Askey and his wife, the former Betty Arlene Moore, celebrated their 65th anniversary July 3, 2007.

Magistrate Judge Askey graduated from Williamsport High School, Bucknell University in 1941 with a Political Science degree and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, in 1951. He was in private practice in Williamsport for 54 years.

Magistrate Judge Askey was appointed part-time United States Commissioner from 1964 to 1971. After passage of the Federal Magistrates Act, he was appointed part-time United States Magistrate in 1971, a position Congress later renamed Magistrate Judge. He retired with over 43 years of service to the federal judiciary Dec. 31, 2007.

Magistrate Judge Askey served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II from 1941 to 1946. He was honorably discharged as a Captain and later promoted to the rank of Major while on inactive status.

Magistrate Judge Askey was a member of the board of directors of AAA North Penn since 1973, served as solicitor from 1973 to 1998 and as President from 1993 to 1995. He was Chairman of the Lycoming County Red Cross Blood Program 1953-1954, President of the Northeast Regional Red Cross Blood Program 1962-1968, President of the Williamsport Community Concert Assoc. 1962-1968 and had served on the Board of Directors of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, Susquehanna Legal Services and the Appalachia Educational Laboratory. He was a former Trustee and Secretary of the YWCA and a former member of the board of directors and past President of the American Cancer Society.

Magistrate Judge Askey was a member and former Vestryman of Christ Episcopal Church, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Alpha Delta, a member of Lodge 106 F & AM since 1941, a member of the Williamsport Consistory, AASR since 1941, where he was a member of the Choir since 1952 and past presiding officer of the Williamsport Chapter Rose Croix. He was a member of the Ross Club, past president of the Lycoming Law Assoc., a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Assoc., the American Bar Assoc., the Federal Magistrate Judges Assoc., and an honorary member of the Federal Bar Assoc.

Over his life he received numerous awards including, Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Freshman Scholastic Society, Bucknell University 1941; Young Man of the Year, Williamsport Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1954; Benjamin Rush Award of the Lycoming Medical Society, 1956; American Red Cross award of Dedicated Volunteer Service, 1973; Distinguished Service Award in 1978 and Volunteer Service Award in 1992, both from the American Cancer Society; Outstanding Service Award, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, 1985; Proclamation in 1992 of William H. Askey Day in the City of Williamsport; and the Lycoming Law Association Equal Access to Justice Award in 2003.

Born June 21, 1919 in Williamsport, he was the son of Charles F. and Marguerite Hartman Askey. Surviving besides his wife, are a daughter, Elizabeth P. and her husband Richard J. Tyler of Slingerlands, NY and a granddaughter, Olivia M. Tyler.

A memorial service will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, Fourth and Mulberry Streets, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15. A private interment will be held in Wildwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. No visitation.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Knight-Confer Funeral Home.