John William “Bill” Crowther

December 03, 1939 ‒ February 24, 2020

Marion, Ohio

John William “Bill” Crowther, age 80 of Marion, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Marion General Hospital.

Bill was born on December 3, 1939 in Sunderland, England, the son of John George and Margaret (Hugall) Crowther. While living in England, Bill served in the Royal Air Force. In in the mid 80’s, Bill came to the United States on business and decided to make the USA his permanent home. He retired from Morral Chemical Company. In 1995, he was united in marriage to Nancy Lee Kelly.

Bill adored both his family in England and in the United States. He will be remembered for his humor and hosting happy hours at his very own Pub in his home. He had a green thumb when it came to his vegetable and flower gardens. He also had an eye for decorating and was a whiz in the kitchen, especially when it came to Indian style food. Soccer was a favorite pastime of Bill’s; not only did he love to watch, he also coached the Mid-Ohio Soccer team.

He is survived by his devoted and caring wife, Nancy Lee Crowther and also his children, grandchildren and siblings both in England and the United States.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 5PM; Celebration of Bill’s life will immediately follow at 5PM.

The Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to be serving Bill’s family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


  • Dear Nancy our thoughts and prayers are with you. So many happy memories. With all our love Venetia, Steve and family. xxxx

  • My lovely Uncle Bill. You will be missed every day and I will always have fond childhood memories. You was always smily and fun to be around. My thoughts n prayers are with Nancy and all my family at this sad time. Love always your Niece Sarah n great nephew Duane xxxx

    • Dearest Auntie Val, I am so sorry to hear this sad news and I send much love and prayers to you, Gary and Tracy. God bless, from Julie XXX

    • Sending you a big hug and lots of love Aunty Val from us all in Northern Ireland.
      Heaven has gained another Angel.
      Our beautiful mum Joy and Uncle Billy will be having a good wee catch up about the good old days in perfect peace.
      Thinking of you all from Cindy and Trudi. Xx

  • What sweet memories we have of Bill coaching our son on the Marion traveling soccer team! His gentle spirit , warm smiles and encouragement had such a positive effect on the young men. His impact and positive influence is immeasurable in the many lives he touched during his coaching years. Thank you Nancy for sharing him with the soccer teams.
    Rest In Peace.
    Nancy and Tom Hafer

  • Bill,

    A very special friend we will always remember the good times we shared,

    Rest in Peace,

    Maureen and Bill.

  • Our love and thoughts go out to ‘our Billy’ brother and uncle.
    Ha’way The Lads. Rest in Peace.
    So many wonderful memories and happy holidays were shared.
    Your fun loving smile and sense of humour will never be forgotten.
    Sending love especially to Val, Gary and Tracy.
    From George, Andrea, Debbie, Georgina and all the family. xx

  • Uncle Bill,

    Fond memories of my childhood staying with Auntie Val, You, Gary and Tracy during the holidays in Letchworth.
    Great times!
    God bless and rest peacefully.

  • Grandad, we have had many happy memories of you visiting us and our time spent with you in Ohio. From days out, birthday celebrations and of course enjoying your favourite dinners of curries and fish and chips. We will remember you for your great sense of humour and warm heart, which we are thankful to have shared with you.

    Although we are far away, we will hold you close in our thoughts and in our hearts as always.

    You will be greatly missed by us all.

    Love your Grandchildren James, Leanne and Jonathan x

  • Our Dear Dad ‘Billy’

    You have been away from us for some time now but we have never stopped thinking about you and your spirit has never left us.

    You gave us the best childhood with so much fun and laughter that will stay with us forever.

    You may have been slight in stature but you were big in heart, love and life. We will always hold you close in our hearts and with lots of smiles in our lasting memories.

    God bless you Dad.

    Your loving children Gary & Tracy and our families XxXxX

  • So sorry to hear this sad news of our Uncle Billy in America. We are all thinking of his family in Ohio at this difficult time. Anytime we ever met him we were visiting all our relatives in Letchworth in England on holidays. Whenever you seen Billy there was sure to be lots of laughter in the room, he was very chatty with lots of lovely stories to tell. The craic would have been good for sure. Sending lots of love to our cousins Gary, Tracy and their families in England. He will be sadly missed and i know there will be a great loss on the Crowther side U.K. from his brothers George, our own dad Brian in Northern Ireland, Steve and his two sisters, Margaret in Paris and Brenda in Letchworth and all their family circle.
    Sleeptight with all your lovely Angels.
    Love and God bless from Cindy, Dean and family. Northern Ireland. Xx

  • To my very dear brother Our Billy for all the happy funny memories we shared and all the special hugs.
    Until we meet again God bless Bill luv you loads xx
    Your sister Brenda Alec & family xxx

  • Always enjoyed meeting up with bill when back in England ,so many footie stories were told about the old days when he played and managed local teams.
    A true gent and proud Mackem
    Malcolm Lee

  • One of my biggest regrets. Not telling Bill how I truly felt about him.
    In my life I have never meet a person with a bigger heart than Bill, and I never will. There were so many things to be grateful for friendship, laughs and the lion boy.
    To Nancy and the Family, I hope people learn from my mistakes. Life is too short.



  • Dear Billy
    Will always cherish the Love Fun and Kindness you always gave to Charlie and myself with open arms and then making Amy feel welcome
    You will forever be in our thoughts and hearts. Your memory will be passed down to Darcie by Myself ,Gary ,Charlie and Amy

    Goodnight and God Bless

    Love Hazel, Charlie and Amy

  • ‘Billy’ my Dad,
    I’m heartbroken (our family humour would kick in if you knew where I was today on this of all days, but then you probably do now that you’re home with us again), but I was ready for it.
    I’m sorry that I found out of your passing in the way I did and sorry that our contact was rare these days through no fault of us both as we finally reach closure with your life overseas.
    Thank you for the wonderful times and great memories, I will cherish them always. For showing me right from wrong, although we both didn’t follow them to the letter. For showing me how to be the man for which I hold with me today and will call upon more than ever. You and our dearest Mum gave us the best together, a happy place where our friends would love to come for a laugh, food and drinks. You both gave me and Truds the encouragement to work to succeed and settle our families, I hope that we have achieved that for you and us, and our ability to stand up for what we believe in.
    You have left a wonderful and growing legacy back here in England that I hope you will be proud of, it’s just unfortunate that you were unable to enjoy this in recent years as our newest members appear. We will continue to tell them all about the famous ‘Billy Crowther’ our Dad and Grandad. Like us all with mistakes and regrets along the way, but it’s been an honour Dad.

    Rest in peace Billy Boy.

    Sunderland TIL I die.

    Love Gaz XXXXX

  • Bill,
    You have been great fun, company and much more over all the years, with a loving family that you must be so proud of.

    So many friends, you will be missed by each and everyone who you came into contact with.

    It’s certainly been a pleasure. Rest in peace Bill.
    Your Son in law, Brian

  • Uncle Bill
    I have many fond memories of the times we have spent together which I will cherish forever. The sky has gained another star. Shine bright Uncle Billy. Sending big cwtchs ( welsh for hugs) to all the family.

    With love Lisa, Pete, Josh, Daisy and Mia x

  • Dear Bill,

    A great Dad, brother, uncle and in-law. We will all raise a glass to you today. Rest in peace lovely man.

    Vee x

  • To all my ever extending Crowther family ,in England,in America,in France,Australia, Canada and lastly my own home country in Northern Ireland. Where there is 32 members of the Crowther Clan!, already I see my children here are giving my Dear Brother Bill a wonderful send off and I am so proud of them Truly!, However I write of my Dear Brother Bill ! Dear Bill you lost the Battle of life and the Big Man above has saw fit to take you to a wonderful beautiful place, where you will find peace and love where your past loved ones await you with open arms. You know Canny lad you were blessed! With charm humour intelligence but most of all the gift of sport! Namely football where you could have been a professional, but due to a illness this stopped that future ambition. Also my Canny lad you were also blessed to the fact that you were blessed with a Gaurdian Angel !! Our Mam told me that at 29 Potts street where we were born she had you in your pram on a beautiful sunny day in the back yard next to to the airaid shelter . When the German planes come suddenly out of the sky’s to bomb our shipyards in our beloved Sunderland and they fired there machine guns everywhere indiscriminately a bullet went through your pram ! Narrowly missing you my Bonney Lad,our Mam soon got us all into the airaid shelter.So my Dear Brother you were blessed!! Mind Big Lad all our family were brothers in arms from way back , well brother I state the following you have a son to be proud of , Gary is his name and I class him as being the boss of his immediate family !! Including his Mum Val and his sister Tracy , he is the Man!! And what a Warrior! He battles his own wars, Gary I Unc Brian are so proud of you as if you were my own son, you are a fighter you have been chosen to take the strengths from your forefathers, And i love you to bits big lad, you are the Man of your family, and to help you at your side is your lovely Lass Hazel,god bless you pet. I also pay a great Homage to Val And Tracy. My Wife Sandra and I give you Our sincerest condolences on the loss of my Brother Bill. I also pay Homage to his family in America To Nancy and her family.

    Bill you shall not grow old,as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary you,Nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember you dear Brother.

    You went away Dear Bill to a distant place.
    But you will never be forgotten.

    Be at rest Canny Lad sleep well , All our love from your Brother Brian,
    And your amazing family from Northern Ireland.

    • Lovely words dad. Very moving. I can just imagine how hard that was for you to write about your big brother. He was certainly loved by everyone. Xx ❤️🌹

  • Bill was truly one of the best and one of my all-time favorite people. I’m so glad I got to see him a few years ago when visiting back in England. Seeing him and hanging out with him was the highlight of my time there. I’m only sorry I did not get to see him again over here.

    In the early 80’s in England during a brief time he managed some of the best players in the local area and everyone one of them would tell you he was highly thought of and respected. Which was no easy accomplishment with these lads. I was fortunate to get to tell him how much he meant to me and the influence that he had on me at that time.

    With Bill coming from the same part of the world as my dad only added to the fondness on the man. They had similar humor, always looked on the bright side of things and lit up the room by being there.

    My condolences to his family, it’s especially hard when people like Bill move on. God be with you Bill. Roger Bryan

  • Saddened to hear about our Uncle Billy. I have the greatest memories of visiting him and Aunty val in Letchworth as a kid, always making us feel so welcome. Thinking of all his family in America and UK, Gary and Tracey and families, my Aunts, Uncles and my Dad Brian at this sad time. Rip uncle Billy, fly high with the angels. All our love Trudi, Nigel and family xxx

  • Kind wishes go out to all who are mourning the loss of uncle Bill at this sad time.

    Especially my Aunty Val and cousins Tracy and Gary.

    Uncle Bill always had a twinkle in his eye and fun to share, all the while wearing those legendary moccasins!

    Rest in Peace Uncle Bill…

    Liam, Emma, Abby, Tom and Edie.


    One Sunday morn young Lambton
    Went a-fishin’ in the Wear;
    An’ catched a fish upon his huek,
    He thowt leuk’t varry queer,
    But whatt’n a kind a fish it was
    Young Lambton couldn’t tell.
    He couldn’t be boshed for to carry it hyem,
    So he hoyed it in a well.

    Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
    Aa’ll tell yer aall and aaful story,
    Whisht! lads, haad yor gobs,
    An’ Aal tell yer ’bout the woorm.

    Noo Lambton felt inclined to gan
    For ta fight in foreign wars.
    So he joined a troop o’ Knights that cared
    For neither wounds nor scars,
    An’ off he went to Palestine
    Where queer things him befel,
    An’ varry seun forgot aboot
    The funny worm i’ the well.


    But the woorm it growed an’ growed an’ growed,
    An’ growed an aaful size;
    He’d geet big heed, a geet big gob,
    An’ geet big goggley eyes.
    An’ when at neets he craaled aboot
    For ta’ pick up bits o’news,
    If he felt thoorsty upon the road,
    He milked a dozen coos.


    This feorful woorm wad often feed
    On calves an’ lambs an’ sheep,
    An’ swally little bairns alive
    When they laid doon to sleep.
    An’ when he’d eaten aal he cud
    An’ he had has he’s fill,
    Away he went an’ lapped his tail
    Ten times roond Pensher Hill.


    The news of this geet funny woorm
    An’ his queer gannins on
    Seun crossed the seas, and reached the lugs
    Of brave an’ bowld Sir John.
    So hyem he cam an’ catched the beast
    An’ cut ‘im in three halves,
    An’ stopped it eatin’ aall bairns,
    An’ sheep an’ lambs and calves.


    So noo ye knaa hoo aall the folks
    On byeth sides of the Wear
    Lost lots o’ sheep an’ lots o’ sleep
    An’ lived in mortal feor.
    So let’s hev one to brave Sir John
    That kept the bairns frae harm
    Saved coos an’ calves by myekin’ haalves
    O’ the famis Lambton Woorm

    Noo lads, Aa’ll haad me gob,
    That’s aall Aa knaa aboot the story
    Of Sir John’s clivvor job
    Wi’ the aaful Lambton Woorm!

  • Very sad to hear of your passing dear cousin you lived with us for a while when uncle George and aunty Peggy moved to letchworth a teenage rip you were but your blonde crew cut and beautiful cheeky face I remember forever ,
    Sending our sympathy and love to all his family in England and to Nancy in America sleep tight billy from cousin Florence & den x

  • So sad to hear of the passing of Bill. We worked together at Morse, Penta and FB. I will always fondly remember our many chats about football (soccer) and his beloved Sunderland FC. He was a good colleague and friend and we all missed him when he made the US his home. He used to rib me mercilessly about my cockney accent so I wonder what the good folks in America made of his ‘why-aye bonny lad’. RIP Bill.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Val and all his kith and kin x