William Paul Williams, 89 of Rockford, Ohio, formerly of Mendon, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Van Wert County, Liberty Township, Ohio, on March 20, 1929. He was the son of Maurice Rutledge and Anna LaVerne (Lawrence) Williams. He attended school in Rockford and was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church.
On April 29, 1950, he married his wife of almost 69 years, Barbara Adams, and she survives in Rockford.
Bill lived his entire life in the area and worked at Continental Can in his early years. He then moved with Barb to the country, and began farming and also worked at the Elgin Grain Elevator. He then worked at the Tama Elevator for many years, and then began working for Burch Seed in 1980, where he retired. He was an avid fisherman and every year looked forward to working in his large vegetable garden. He loved his boxer dog, Missy, and spent many enjoyable years with her by his side. He loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife Barbara, are three daughters, Carolyn Warnock of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Millicent (Sean) Ireland of Rockford, and Connie ( Greg) Stoner, of Cridersville; a son, Adam (Lisa) Williams, of Mendon; and a daughter-in-law, Debra Williams of Celina; 11 grandchildren: Aaron, Kristen, Scott, Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Heather, Herminie, Tori, Arwen, and Obadiah; also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren: A.J., Ellie, Reece, Alexander, Kameryn, Aiden, Gavin, Sophia, Dilon, Rylee, Montana, Kaitlyn, Tommy, Logan, Ava, and Zane. Two brothers survive: Maurice Lee of Rockford and Larry (Karen) of St. Marys; and two sisters: Nancy (Larry) Florence of Coldwater, Ohio and Arlene Reilly of Van Wert, Ohio.
Deceased are his parents; one son, Michael Williams; one granddaughter, April Christie Vann; two sons-in-law, Donald Warnock and Michael Altenbach; five brothers: Jack, Don, Robert Eugene, John, and Thomas Williams; five sisters: Joan Williams, Phyllis Stover, Mary Lou Caywood, Norma Jean Williams, and Patty Raudabaugh; and a very special aunt and uncle with whom he spent a great deal of time throughout his life: Wayne and Nelva McGillvary.
Memorial services for Bill will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, Ohio, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery, Mendon, Ohio. Friends may call on Wednesday at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m., and 30 minutes prior to the service on Thursday. Memorials may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio, 3400 W. Elm St., Lima, Ohio, 45807 or to the State of the Heart Hospice, 230 W. Main St., Coldwater, Ohio, 45828.
Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com
Ruth Evelyn Figley, 94, of Otterbein Senior Life Style Choices, St. Marys, died at 12:15 P.M. March 9, 2019.
She was born December 18, 1924, in Celina to the late Orie and Margaret (Fifer) Hight. On June 29, 1948 she married Glenn A. Figley, and celebrated 63 ˝ years together before he passed away on January 22, 2012.
Surviving are her children, Kim Figley, Ohio City, Kirk (Peg) Figley, Ecuador, Mindy (Bruce) Hays, Celina, and Kollin (Kathy Taylor) Figley, Litchfield, Michigan; a sister, June Hanni, St. Marys; her grandchildren, Nikki Geurkink, Amanda (Seth) Taylor, Kelly (Nathan) Callaway, Chad Hays, Shauna (Jonny) Walker, Kyle Olding; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceded in death by a brother, Owen (Sonny) Hight; a sister, Helen (Pete) Freeman; a brother-in-law, Leon Hanni; and a grandson, Trent Figley.
Ruth served her country in the United States Army from 1942-1945, being stationed at Fort Sam in Huston, Texas as an Army nurse. She was a member of Hamilton and Bethel United Methodist Church in Mendon.
She retired from Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys after 20 years of service. She also worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, where she met her husband Glenn.
In her extremely unselfish ways, Ruth has chosen to donate her body to science.
Celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family request donation to Grand Lake Hospice, St. Marys, Ohio.
Please leave the Figley family a condolence at www.ciscofuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, Ohio.
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