William “Bill” Lee Cales

March 22, 1938 ‒ January 25, 2016

Lexington, Ohio

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

  • Viann and family,
    I was so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Heaven is surely rejoicing that your dad has come home!
    Love,
    Nancy

  • Vic, You and your family are in Mary and my thoughts and prayers at the loss of your father . The angels are rejoicing in Heaven as a new saint has arrived. It is a time of great rejoicing.

  • Victor, my sons and I send our condolences and prayers up for you and your family at this time….He was a great man and will always be your Guardian Angel ….know our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this time….

    Celeste Chobert Spradlin,
    Steven, Samuel and Sean Willis

  • Vic you have our family condolences. You will be in Peggy and my prayers for comfort and piece. My fathers condolences as well Dad and your dad started for the city of Washington real close to the same time. One of dads memories with your dad was a intoxicated man up a tree about 4 am your father called the FD to get the man out of the tree so dad got on the seen and started squarting water the man said he could take all they had so dad cranked the pump up and wasn’t 30 second and the man screaming let me down.
    Deepist sympathy Darrell, Jeff,and Peggy Michael

  • Victor,
    Our most sincere condolences! Sadly there was no mention of his being Scoutmaster of Troop 112 and of the impact that had on a lot of our lives! Know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    Dan and Bonnie Rife

  • My condolences to the family. He was a great man, used to talk to him when he was on duty in the early 80s. I delivered early morning papers and always felt safer knowing he was out there. Prayers to God to take this man under his wing.

  • Vic and Shel, we are so sorry to hear of your dad. What we will always remember about your dad is his compassionate heart, he was generous with his time and very hospitable! Thank you for sharing your mom and dad with us. We love and miss you more than you’ll ever know!

  • Victor & Viann,

    I am very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I remember him from the days he worked with my dad, Luther Anderson.

    Please celebrate his life and may God bless all of you.

    Ty & Sally Anderson
    14263 Hearthwood Drive
    Fishers, IN 46040
    ty1982@comcast.net

    • Thank you Ty!He enjoyed working with your dad. It was always nice to know there were good guys like them out there. God bless you too!

  • To my beloved classmate, Ginny, I am so sorry about your loss and am deeply saddened. Wish I could say or do something to alleviate your tragic loss, but no such words exist. Take care, dear friend. Love and lots of hugs.

  • Vic,
    I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Like so many, I will always remember him as scoutmaster of troop 112. My own father enjoyed working with him as a leader in Scouts. He gave so much and had an impact and influence on the lives of so many young men. You and all of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all

  • Uncle Bill was very special to Bryon and to me. Bill and Ginny have always treated me well and made me feel like a part of the family from the first time I met them. I spent a lot of great hours helping Bill build his shed for his food ministry. Sometimes laughing and goofing more than working. Much love to you all.

  • Victor so sorry for your loss. May you and your family have peace knowing how blessed you are to have had such a wonderful father. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Wish we had lived a little closer so we could have spent more time together.
    Bill was liked by all.
    Love Don & Barb

  • Vic & Viann, so very sorry for your loss. You & your families are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Bill. God Bless you all.

    Love,
    Carrie

  • So sorry for your loss. Our daughter is friends with jinney & we have heard her talk about what a great grandpa she had. Praying for you during this time.

  • To Victor and Viann, losing your Dsd is s tough time for all. I remember well the time your Dad took me in the cruiser and his support of you both in sports endevours at WCH. My prayers are for you both in this time of loss. For your Dad, he’s in a better place seated at Gods right hand and looking down seeing the fine legacy he’s left behind in his children and grandchildren following in Gods ways.
    Love and hugs from New Zealand.
    Richard and Pakpilai Fleming

    • Thank you Richard! We appreciate your prayers and kind words. We miss you and still tell stories of the fun times with you. God bless you!

  • So sorry for your loss and our loss to the IHS class of ’56. God be with you as you and your family go through these tough times.
    Nancy (Tipton) and Jim Gillenwater

  • VIRGINIA, VICTORVIANN, AND FAMILY. ALL OF YOU ARE IN OUR
    THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE REMBMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD WITH THE SCOUT TROOP 112
    FROM THE COURT OF HONORS, TO THE PLANNING OF THE TRIP TO CANADA, INCLUDING THE TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL WITH DANNY RIFE AND HIS BROKEN ARM. OTHER MEMORIES COME TO
    US, BUT WILL NOT MENTION THEM NOW. JUST REMEMBER YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS

    SUE AND DICK MADDUX
    WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE,OHIO

    • Thank you! We have enjoyed remembering those special times. It was a legendary scout troop. Danny had a run-in with a teeter totter wasn’t it? God bless you!

  • As a lover of God; participating in G.E.M.S, I am sure that Bill would have found comfort in Jesus’ words regarding God’s promise for the future at John 5:28, 29. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss and I hope that the promise brings you and your family comfort and encouragement.

    • Thank you Tammy. It is wonderful to think of the people who are there with Dad now because of that ministry.