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Paul L. Herbst, 80, of Williamsport passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 20, 2023 at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport surrounded by immediate family. Surviving is his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Rita R. (Covert) Herbst.

Born August 24, 1942 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Harry W. Herbst, Sr. and Phyllis C. (Daugherty) Herbst.

Paul was a 1960 graduate of Williamsport Area High School. After graduation, he served his country proudly in the US Navy. Paul was a hard worker and jack of all trades. He was a maintenance facilitator and electrician at Bethlehem Steel, Williamsport Water Authority, and later retired from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Paul was a devout Lutheran and a 33rd degree member of the Williamsport Scottish Rite. He was an avid golfer at White Deer Golf Course where he made a hole in one on the 8th hole. He enjoyed sailing, woodworking, riding motorcycles and repairing cars. Paul was never known to sit still for very long. Paul and his wife Rita bought an upper house and they loved doing repairs and remodeling together over the years. If something was broken, Paul would fix it. When Paul wanted to take a few minutes to relax, he loved to indulge in powdered or glazed donuts.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Randy L. Herbst (Susan) of Mountain Top and David S. George (Sheri) of Hepburnville; two grandchildren, Zack Herbst (Sarah) of Williamsport and Joshua Rylas (Cheryl) of Loyalsock; seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Benjamin, Dylan, Oliver, Miles, Dylan and Sierra; three brothers, William L. Herbst (Nancy) of Harrisburg, Harry W. “Herbie” Herbst Jr. (Linda) of South Williamsport and Alan C. Herbst (Deborah) of Williamsport; a sister, Diana S. DiCenso (Raymond) of Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny L. Herbst.

Paul was an incredibly special person and the best husband, father and grandfather. He will be very sadly missed by so many people who loved him.

A funeral service to honor Paul’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made on Paul’s memorial page at