William Middaugh’s Life Story
William (Bill) Clare Middaugh was born on June 1, 1941 to the late Ernest Dale Middaugh and Catherine (Potolosky) Middaugh in Saginaw Michigan. He was their only child. He passed away on August 7, 2019 at his home in Exton, PA.
When Bill was a young boy, he and his family moved to Rockford, Ill. While living there, he graduated from Harlem High School. At the age of 23, Bill relocated to Los Angeles, CA to work for the famous racing car driver, Parnelli Jones.
Bill’s passion for car racing led him to rub shoulders with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and other famous racers like Dale Earnhardt, A. J. Foyt, Roger Gustin, and Kenny Bernstein.
His racing enthusiasm propelled him to employment with a publishing company devoted to hot rodding, drag racing, and muscle cars. One of his favorite magazines he worked with is the former “Popular Hot Rodding” magazine now called “Hot Rod.” Bill’s other passion was running no matter what the weather was and participated in several races.
In 2002, Bill married Lorraine DiGiovanni and she moved to Redondo Beach, CA where they resided until 2018. He is survived by: his wife, Lorraine; cousin, Beth Tolfree; sister-in-law, Margaret North; step-son, Stephen McGonigle and his wife, Bobbi McGonigle; grandchildren, Nicholas and Sophia McGonigle.
Bill was also known as Mr. William and Mr. Bill by his most recent kind and loyal caregivers: Jeff, Donnita, Tonia, and Alison. Bill was known to be generous to a fault and an influential mentor to numerous people in his industry and in the Kiwanis Club, where he was a distinguished member. He will be remembered by many as a kind and gentle soul.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Visitation 11-11:30 A.M., Saturday, August 17th at the Logan Funeral Home, 698 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341 followed by a Funeral Service at 11:45 A.M.
INlieu of flowers family prefers contributions to Penn Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St., West Chester, Pa 19380.
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Penn Hospice (Neighborhood)
400 E. Marshall Street, West Chester PA 19380