Billy L. Marquis

May 05, 1934 ‒ November 26, 2010

Bellville, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Billy L. Marquis, age 76, of Mansfield passed away Friday morning, November 26, 2010 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

A man of many characters he was a noted salesman, soldier, family man, neighbor, and child of God. It is said that “a man is judged by his character” and if so Billy has earned a “crown of righteousness, which the Lord , the righteous Judge (has) awarded to (him) on (this) day.” 2 Timothy 4:7 & 8

He was born May 5, 1934 in Marion, the son of Willis and Mildred (McAdams) Marquis and was graduated from Warren G. Harding High School.

A U.S. Army veteran, Bill served during the Korean War overseas in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1956, and after attended The Ohio State University on his G.I. Bill.

While attending classes there he met Marlene Kline. The two were married on March 23, 1958. They moved from the Columbus area to Mansfield in 1959, their desire to raise their family in a smaller community.

Very determined, Bill worked for Sterling Paper as a sales representative for nearly 40 years retiring in 1998. He taught his children by example the value of a hard days work, rarely missing a day on the job.

He was very active in his community as a member of Venus Lodge #152 F&AM where he joined in 1966 and the Bellville Lions Club. Closer to home, he was an excellent neighbor, generous with his time and quick to join in tasks like painting projects and snow plowing.

A talented woodworker, Bill enjoyed spending time in his wood shop making gifts for his family and friends. He would begin projects for the church bazaar months in advance.

Bill and Marlene chose Main Street United Methodist Church as their church home when they first moved to Mansfield. He was a faithful member there for over 50 years and served as a trustee.

A wonderful father, Bill always found time to spend with his family. Together they enjoyed camping and traveling. He was also fond of gathering the family for a day on the pontoon boat on Charles Mill Lake.

Described as ornery, Bill was always ready with a quick one-liner. He was very good at creating “dear nicknames” for those special people in his life.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Marlene Marquis, their children Lourinda and Donald Metz of Lexington, David and Wilma Marquis of Bellville, and Dawn and Eric Konyn of Lexington, six grandchildren Donald and Bradley Metz, Chelsea and David “Brett” Marquis, and Justin and Joshua Konyn. He is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law Wesley “Gene” and Shirley Marquis and Larry Dean Marquis all of Marion, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Eleanir Kline of Mansfield.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law Alice and Don Bailey.

Friends may call Monday, November 29, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a Masonic memorial service will follow at 8 pm. The funeral service honoring the life of Billy L. Marquis will be held Tuesday at 10 am in Main Street United Methodist Church, 230 South Main Street, Mansfield. The Revs. Allen Rose and Gary Miller will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial gifts to Main Street United Methodist Church may be made through the funeral home.

The Marquis family has chosen the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home and condolences to them may be made online by visting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com