PARKESBURG, Pa.--William “Bill” Teter, 83 of Parkesburg, Pa., passed away peacefully at home on June 14, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Teter was born on Nov. 20, 1934 in West Chester to the late Dale Hoffman Teter and Elizabeth White Teter.
He graduated from West Chester Joint Senior High School, class of 1952, and attended Penn State, studying Agriculture.
Teter managed Mr. and Mrs. Arthur O. Choate’s Plumstead Farm in London Grove, Pa., for almost 40 years.
Along with Louis (Paddy) Neilson, Teter ran the Plumstead Races at that farm for 11 years,
"When the weather was the worst, and everyone expected all the vans would get stuck in the mud and feared that horses would be running loose all over the farm, Bill was always there to say things would work out fine, and he was always right," said Neilson.
"BILL WAS Johnny White's nephew," said Carl (Bunny) Meister, referring to Brandywine Hounds longtime huntsman. "Bill's mother was Johnny's sister."
"He came from a farming background, his father was a farmer, but he migrated to horses," said Meister. "He hunted with both Brandywine and Cheshire, and he showed in local shows."
"Bill rode in Brandywine's Old-Fashioned Point-to-Point on his horse, Grip," said Meister. "He was a great guy."
After retiring, he drove part time for Sam Esh.
Teter contributed to the community as a member of the West Chester Exchange Club for over 35 years, the Brandywine Grange for over 60 years and The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races for over 30 years.
He was an avid blood donor to The American Red Cross, donating over 5 gallons.
He loved foxhunting, traveling, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and collecting antique John Deere tractors.
As a hobby, he enjoyed owning and training the occasional race horse.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Jane (Oas) Teter, his daughter, Darlene McKinney and her husband Mark of Landenberg, Pa., son, his Jeffrey Teter of Camden, S.C., his daughter Mary Guessford and her husband Benny of Unionville, Pa., his daughter Karen Carlin and her husband Greg of Parkesburg, Pa. and grandchildren Samantha and Clayton Carlin, his sister Evelyn (Teter) Ristine of West Chester, Pa. and a brother Carl Teter, also of West Chester.
Teter was predeceased by a daughter Sharon (Teter) Bohmier and husband Timothy of New London, Pa., and grandchildren Jessica and Christina Bohmier.
His family is planning a Celebration of Life ceremony at a future date.
In lieu of flowers donations inTeter’s memory may be made to either Exchange Club Family Center, 310 North Matlack Street, West Chester, Pa., 19380 or Neighborhood Hospice, 400 East Marshall Street, West Chester, Pa., 19380.