William Warner Staley, a decorated Army Air Forces gunner during World War II who became a mechanical engineer, died of prostate cancer Monday at Pines Genesis Eldercare in Easton.
The one-time Bolton Hill and Pasadena resident was 90.
Born Warner McConnell Staley in Gibbstown, N.J., his name was changed when he was 10 to William Warner, to honor an ancestor who emigrated from the Cotswolds of England to Philadelphia in 1683.
Raised in Haverford, Pa., he was a 1939 graduate of Lower Merion High School. He attended the University of Virginia before enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1942.
Trained as a radio gunner, Mr. Staley was assigned to the 8th Air Force in...