W. Yetcalf, electrical estimator

William Yetcalf
William Yetcalf
Posted: July 11, 2013

William Yetcalf, 96, of Northeast Philadelphia, a World War II veteran who loved to travel, died of heart failure Tuesday, July 2, at his home.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Yetcalf was raised in Wissinoming and graduated from North Catholic High School. While young, he was active in the Civilian Conservation Corps and in the U.S. Cavalry Youth Training Program, where he learned to ride horses.

Mr. Yetcalf served with the Navy Seabees for three years during World War II, and was on Iwo Jima. He brought home photos to show his family.

After the war, Mr. Yetcalf worked for Shelly Electric Co. as an electrical systems estimator. He helped design the electrical system for numerous Center City buildings and skyscrapers.

Always an adventurer, he took up skydiving while still working. After his retirement, Mr. Yetcalf dedicated himself to traveling. He visited 17 countries. He also enjoyed art and nature.

"He was a man who loved life and the city of Philadelphia, and was an inspiration to all who knew him," said granddaughter Karen Publick. "He was a man who considered every day a gift."

Mr. Yetcalf was married to Theresa Duld. She died earlier, as did their only child, John J. Schrenk.

Surviving, in addition to his granddaughter, are two other grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Saint Dominic's Church, 8504 Frankford Ave. Mr. Yetcalf donated his body to science through the Humanity Gifts Registry.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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