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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William George Shuster
August 23, 1946 - August 30, 2017

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Clergy - Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church - 14100 Worthington Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116 - 215-464-1540 - Map
Cemetery - Pine Grove Memorial Park - 1475 West County Line Road, Warminster, PA 18974 - 215-379-1600 - Map
Family Florist - LeRoy’s Flowers and Gifts, Inc - 16 North York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 - 215-674-0450 - Map
Donation - World Vision - P.O. Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481 - 888-511-6548 - Map
Donation - Wycliffe Bible Translators - P. O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862 - Map
Donation - Samaritan's Purse - P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000 - 800-528-1980 - Map

William George Shuster of Hatboro, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health. He was 71 years old. George or Bill was born August 23, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late William Lewis Shuster Jr. and the late Lieselotte Ursula Amalie Shuster (nee - Lenz). He is the beloved brother of Ronald Shuster and Robert Shuster. Other relatives include cousin Mark Benner and family, Margie Anne Benner, Joan Ackley (all in Pennsylvania), Joyce Benner Jones (North Carolina), Robert Hoenes and family (California), and Virgina Rutledge and family (New Jersey). His aunt Hildegard Schaefer and her husband Wilfried live in Goenningen, Germany. Family there include cousins Andreas Haetinger, Silvia Hatinger Ipek, and in Austria Gabriele Hafner.

William George Shuster is a multi-award winning writer, including the Jesse H. Neal Award (three times), business journalism's highest honor. He has 40 years experience as a journalist, author and editor. His expertise covers news, features, trends and analytical articles, personal and corporate profiles, interviews, special reports, and writing online. He is also the author of a well-received book.

As a newspaper reporter, he covered government, politics, education and business. Later, as senior editor of "Jewelers' Circular Keystone"--the leading business magazine for the U.S. retail watch and jewelry industries--he reported on and/or analyzed a wide variety of trends, issues and subjects useful to its readers.

He has contributed as writer and/or editor to "High Volume Jeweler" (for national high-volume retailers); "Luxury by JCK," (for retailers of luxury watches and jewelry); "Facets" (a magazine for consumers); and "JCKOnline," the magazine's website.

He has been responsible for starting and overseeing various editorial projects and special reports, such as JCK's West Coast edition of "Branding Your Store"; histories of people and/or organizations in the industry; yearly State of the Industry reports; monthly national retail surveys, and the magazine's first website.

His other writings include the 450-page book, “Legacy of Leadership: A History of the Gemological Institute of America," the first comprehensive history of that 70- year old organization.

He has traveled extensively in western Europe, also in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand), and spoke German and loved visiting his family in Germany.

The foundation of his life was always his deep and abiding faith in his savior Jesus Christ.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. and funeral service at 8:00 P.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 14100 Worthington Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116. Relatives and friends were also invited to his graveside service on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Pine Grove Memorial Park, 1475 West County Line Road, Warminster, PA 18974.

Religious services were conducted by The Reverend Norbert F. Hahn, Ph.D. and Rev. Ellen Meissgeier.

The family requests that In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to World Vision, P.O. Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481 or Wycliffe Bible Translators, P. O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862 or Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

Family flowers arranged by LeRoy’s Flowers and Gifts, Inc 215-674-0450.

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