William E. “Bill” Whitmer

October 04, 1935 ‒ September 06, 2020

Marion, Ohio

William E “Bill” Whitmer, age 84, of Marion, passed away Sunday evening, September 6, 2020, with his loving family by his side.

William was born on October 4, 1935 in New Philadelphia, OH to Eugene and Vera Whitmer, where he was raised with his brother, Steven James Whitmer. On February 16, 1957 he married Margie Calams, of Dennison, OH and together they raised two sons, Gregg Whitmer and Steve (Debbie) Whitmer, and one daughter, Kathleen (Jim) Persinger.

He was an active member of the Marion Concert Band, and Marion Photography Club. He was beloved by his wife, children, and grandchildren, and will be dearly missed.

William is survived by his children, as well as four grandchildren: Ashley (William) Pullins, Ryan (Ashley) Persinger, Jessica (David) Leslie, Mike Whitmer, and Frank Scott. Seven great-grandchildren: Christina Pullins, Maci and Raegan Persinger, Ella and Charlotte Leslie, and Bradley and Lucas Scott.

Services will be held privately for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Fund.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Bill’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Margie and Family,

    Those of us who knew Bill during the years we both worked at WDIF carry fond memories of him. He was friendly and knowledgeable, and– as I later learned–a very good musician. My condolences go to your entire family. I’ll remember him as good man whom I was happy to call a friend.

    Bob Bender
    Prospect, OH

  • Although we lost contact years ago, I remember fondly the days when Bill and I played together in the Al Wayne Orchestra with Jack Campbell and all. A fine bassist and a good man. Rest in Peace.

  • Bill will be missed by many. We knew him from playing with John Kennedy. Al played drums with them for many years. His contribution of music brought much joy to many.
    Alfred and Alice Sisson of Galion.

  • Bill was a special member of our family. We loved his parents and spent years living next to Vera and Gene, the finest people I ever knew. Bill was a kind and gentle man and I’m sure his family will miss him greatly.