Wilbur J. “Bill” Flach
August 27, 1920 ‒ June 08, 2007
Wilbur J. “Bill” Flach, age 86, of Marion, died peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Marion Manor following an extended illness.
He was born in Marion, Ohio, on August 27, 1920, the son of the late Elmer John and Mary Kerr Flach Ryan. A lifelong resident of Marion, Bill graduated from the Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1938.
On April 18, 1944, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving as a bandsman playing the drums, a veteran of World War II.
Shortly after high school Bill met his loving wife, Magdaline (Seiter) Flach, who he married on July 12, 1942, at the Prospect Street United Methodist Church. Together they made special trips with their children every summer to Lake Erie to use his father’s boat; as he loved the peacefulness of the water and fishing.
For over 46 years, Bill worked as a parts salesman for Marion Power Shovel until his retirement in 1986.
Following his retirement, Bill continued to be very active within the community as his lifelong motto was to “help others, as he had been helped.” Bill donated countless hours of his time for over 20 years with Goodwill Industries and with Mobile Meals of Marion as a volunteer. For his volunteerism, Bill earned the “Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year Award” in 1996, through the District 5 Area Agency on Aging.
When he was younger, Bill was active in Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, and was past president of the Marion Jaycees.
A very active member of the Prospect Street United Methodist Church, Bill served as a lay leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. He also played in the church bell choir and orchestra, and sang in the choir.
Having a passion for music, Bill was a drummer his entire life. Bill played the drums for several dance bands, and most recently was a member of the “All Americans.” He was a charter member of the Marion Concert Band.
An avid sports fan, Bill loved to watch his beloved OSU Buckeyes play football and basketball, the Cleveland Indians, and NBA basketball.
A jolly and welcoming man, Bill made sure everyone was comfortable and in good spirits. With his witty sense of humor, he had a smart comment always ready to give everyone a good laugh.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife; two sons: Gary Flach of Taiwan, and Tom (LaVonne) Flach of Schaumburg, Illinois; his daughter: Mary Flach of Marion; and three grandchildren: Beth, Brian and Joel Flach.
Including his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his three brothers: Richard, Donald, and David Flach; and his sister: Rosemary Brackney.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Prospect St. United Methodist Church with Pastor Joseph Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Marion Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect St. United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 185 S. Prospect St., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.