William “Bill” LeRoy Everhart

October 04, 1931 ‒ January 22, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

William “Bill” LeRoy Everhart, 88, of Delaware passed away peacefully late Wednesday evening, January 22, 2020 at the Country Club Retirement Center in Delaware, with his loving wife by his side.

He was born on October 4, 1931 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio to the late William E. Everhart and Elsie Lucille (Sweigard) Everhart graduating from Upper Sandusky High School in 1949; he completed an undergraduate degree at Heidelberg University, Tiffin, before receiving his Master’s Degree from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. Bill also proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded 2 bronze stars.

Bill served as a music teacher and band director at Mohawk Schools in Tiffin, Arlington Schools in Hardin County and Western Reserve Schools in Huron County before moving to Delaware in 1971. Once moved to Delaware, he served in the same capacity for Buckeye Valley and later Delaware Hayes High School.

A devoted and faithful member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Bill also was a member of Elks Lodge #83 in Upper Sandusky and directed the Buckeye Valley Alumni Band. He enjoyed golfing with former Elks league members and spending time with his family. He also loved watching his kids and grandkids sporting activities.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of almost 51 years, Karen Elizabeth (Ruggles); sons, William Michael “Mike” (Debbie Furlong) Everhart of Jacksonville, Florida, Richard “Scott” (Darbie Wilson) Everhart of Dublin, and Douglas Jeffrey “Doug” (Sarah Kramer) Everhart of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania; 7 grandchildren, Kathryn “Katie” Rodgers, Michael (Jennifer) Rodgers, Chaz Joseph Weisenstein, Preston Wilson Everhart, Dawson Richard Everhart, Emma Morgan Everhart, Grant William Everhart, and 1 great granddaughter, Aubrey Rodgers.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. Services celebrating Bill’s life will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Avenue, Delaware with Rev. Philip Wilden officiating; military honors will be provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association and members of the United States Army.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Buckeye Valley Alumni Band; envelopes available at the funeral home.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

To share a fond memory of Bill or to offer condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Mr. Everhart was my teacher. First at Brown Elementary in 1982 and then at Ashley in junior high. He helped me pick the saxophone as my first “axe.” More importantly, he taught me to read music, a skill I’m happy to have and still use. Although I was a rascal and probably a terrible student, he planted seeds that flourished in my life. I’m forever indebted to him for unknowingly shepherding me toward a career in music.

  • Mr. Everhart was my instructor and band director at Buckeye Valley. I have many great memories thanks to him. He cared about the students and of course music. I am very thankful to have had his influence in my love for music. Very saddened to hear of his loss. My deepest condolences to his family. He touched many lives.

  • Karen and family,
    Our hearts ache for your loss. Bill was a tremendous mentor, friend and educator. He positively impacted well over two generations of students, faculty and administrators, always gracious even with those with whom he disagreed. Thank you each for sharing Bill with all of us. Thank you for being his rock to lean on when the storms of life blew strong.
    What a legacy you all cultivated.
    Wishing you each strength and peace and love,
    Chris & Maddy
    Galax, VA

  • He taught us well so we could continue the legacy of the great bands of BV.
    Thank you, Bill. Our love to Karen et all.
    Kent Eastham, Matt Dunfee, Sue Sturni.

  • Dear Karen, So sorry for your loss, Bill was a great guy and will be greatly missed. Julia Burdick

  • Mr. Everhart was my band director from the fifth grade on, at Ashley, BV, and the Alumni Band. He instilled in me the confidence, determination and leadership skills I have maintained throughout both my musical and professional careers. Though I am deeply saddened by his loss, I also rejoice in knowing that he and Larry Lukas are together again, directing Heaven’s marching band!

  • To the family of Bill Everhart: I was blessed to be his student at BVHS from 1974-1978. I have so many happy memories of him. He was a great teacher and a fabulous human being! Your family has my deepest sympathy.

  • Karen, our sincere condolences to you and your family. We miss seeing Bill sitting outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Guy and Priscilla Boisvert

  • Wonderful memories from Buckeye Valley. Our condolences to the family.
    David Mills
    Tracy Hindes Mills

  • I have fond memories of being Mr. Everhart’s student at BVHS 1971-1972. He and Mr.Larry Lukas were THE BEST band and choir instructors. My condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Karen I am so sorry, what a wonderful wife you have been. So loving and supportive. I am so blessed to have been in the BV Alumni Band under the direction of Bill. I will always be forever thankful that he took the time to teach a 55 year old lady the drums. He was a beautiful man and I will miss him deeply but what he taught me about music and life will be with me always.
    My God grant you his peace at this time

    Love, Susi Rinehart

  • Mr . Everhart gave me one of the best gifts of my life, allowing me to learn to play clarinet and be a part of the band. I have many fond memories of Mr. Everhart and will always remember what a great teacher he was. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Bill was truly a great men that lead by example and sacrificed much in order to direct and inspire so many musicians and drummers.
    When I was in band I remember tossing pennies on the timpani drums and getting Jim Bryant yelled at for not being able to hold on to his his mallets. I’m not the one that started it, but I remember it was the last day I was ever in the band practice room in the spring of 1972. I got caught tossing the pennies at the tympani drums. He looked over his glasses like he done so many times before when someone did not play a party correctly. He calmly said, Warren report to my office after practice.
    I had a very long inspirational talk with Bill in which at the time I wish he would have just paddled me. Bill will be sadly missed.
    Sincerely, Jeff Warren