William “Bill” Lee Cales
March 22, 1938 ‒ January 25, 2016
William “Bill” Lee Cales went to be with the Lord Monday morning, January 25, 2016 in Lexington Court Care Center surrounded by his family. He was 77.
He was born March 22, 1938 in Ironton, Ohio to parents Walter and Clarabel (Sites) Cales. After he graduated from Ironton High School with the class of 1956, he proudly served his country for six years by joining the US Army.
In 1957 Bill met Virginia Parks, a beautiful young lady that caught his eye, whom he soon asked to marry him. The pair married on December 7, 1959. He then went on to begin a long history of serving and protecting as a police officer. He started as an Ohio Highway Patrol officer for 5 years and later with the Washington Court House Police, for 28 years until retiring in 1988. Bill played a crucial role in guiding the county’s youth in the right direction. He started a police athletic league, a baseball league, and played a huge part in renovating an old theater into a youth center where he sponsored teen dances.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8) After retiring from the police force, Bill’s focus on Jesus Christ remained strong. Called into the ministry, he shared God’s love to the elderly through their G.E.M.S. Ministry (Gods Elderly Ministry Servants). Visiting nursing homes and establishing a food ministry, feeding over 35 families in need. He also enjoyed fishing and flying his plane in his younger years.
He is survived by his loving wife Virginia Cales of Lexington; children Viann (John) Watkins and Victor (Shelly) Cales of Wauseon; grandchildren Joshua and Rebekah Cales, and Joshua, Victoria, James, Jonathan, and Virginia Watkins, and his sister Joyce Britt.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister Marla Zamora.
A memorial service will be held in Bill’s memory on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop Community Church, 2943 German Church Road, Mansfield, Ohio. Burial will take place at a later date in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com