William B. “Bill” Beckel

May 10, 1944 ‒ July 19, 2015

Mount Gilead, Ohio

William B. “Bill” Beckel, age 71, of Mount Gilead, died Sunday evening, July 19, 2015, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on May 10, 1944 in Marion, OH, the son of the late Ralph and Margaret Rhea (Smith) Beckel.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1963.

In 1964 Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years before receiving his honorable discharge.

On July 16, 1981, Bill married Elsie Louise Bowen in Marion and they have shared the last 34 years together.

He worked for McClain E-Z Pack in Galion for many years, retiring in 1991.

Bill could always be found spending time at the VFW 8054.  He was also a member of American Legion 754 and enjoyed participating in the turkey shoots.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Elsie, of Mount Gilead; three daughters: Pam Steiner, Paula (Michael Whitt) Hall, both of Marion, Shellie (Norman) Spurback of Franklin, NC; two step-sons: Roy Friend, Mike (Jessica) Friend, both of Marion; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Beckel.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the VFW Post 8054, 4960 State Route 61, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.  Military honors will be provided by the Active Duty U.S. Army, VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bill’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • R.I.P. brother in law. You befriended me when I came to Ohio from Louisiana and made me welcomed. You have been my brother in the decades since.

  • Sorry to hear of Bills passing he truly will be missed at Hidden Lakes
    My condolences to his family
    Bill Hall

  • Just found out about Bill’s passing. Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with you during your time of sorrow.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a very nice man and we’ll miss him dearly! We’ll always remember how he loved his Chef salad, with extra ranch! & his vege omlette. Prayers are sent out from us, to the family and to Elsie. We’re here if anything is needed for his memorial! Rest in Heaven Bill! Love, your favorite depot employees! ♡

  • Sorry for your loss. Had many fond memories at amvets and hidden lakes. He will be missed.

  • Bill I will keep my promise! I will be there for Elsie. You will be miss by family as well as freinds. Your sister-law Barb Ortman RIP my brother

  • I will miss u so much dad! U called me everyday for the past 6 years and even if u didn’t have much to say ” u always said I love u everyday! I already miss u dad. Always

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with Bill’s family. He was a great guy & a good friend. He will be greatly missed!

    Junior, Kim, & Jonny Shultz