In Memory of






Obituary for William R "Bill" Silkman Jr.

William Robert Silkman Jr. transitioned from this life into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 6, at Hampton Sentara Careplex. He was born on August 6, 1964, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State ROTC program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy at the age of 22. He also earned his Master’s Degree and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College.

His sea duty assignments include: taking command of USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47), tours of duty as Executive Officer, USS HAYLER (DD 997); Reactor Electrical Assistant, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73); Combat Systems Officer, USS DE WERT (FFG 45); and Electrical Officer, Reactor Training Assistant and Reactor Controls Division Officer, USS TEXAS (CGN 39). Ashore, he served as the Surface Combatant Requirements Officer on the Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic staff. Previously he served on the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. During this assignment he inspected over forty ballistic missile submarines, fast attack submarines, nuclear powered cruised and nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the Atlantic Fleet. He also served as a Plant Performance Evaluation Activity Officer at the Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY.

Prior to his assignment as Section Head, Plans Section in the Joint Plans Branch of the Operations Directorate in NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum, Netherlands, where he was also the Senior U.S. Naval Officer, he was the Reactor Officer on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (with four gold stars), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards.

Upon retirement, he became the Physics and Engineering teacher at Catholic High School, where he was loved by his students and staff. He had a great compassion for teaching and tutoring students all around the world.

William is survived by his wife, Linda of 19 years; son, Noah; and daughter, Chessie. Also left to cherish his memory is a host of cousins, a niece, two nephews, his mother and father-in-law, a sister-in-law and two brothers in laws.

Viewing will be held on Monday, October 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held October 12 at 12:00 pm at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 North Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va. 23666

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 14th from 10-11am at the Farmers Mills Church. Funeral services will be held at 11am at the church with Pastor David Downer officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at the Farmers Mills Cemetery, Spring Mills, PA.