William E. “Bill” Williams
June 22, 1931 ‒ October 23, 2020
William E. “Bill” Williams, age 89, of Howard, Ohio, passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 22, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio the Hal and Selina Hereford. He was adopted by Ralph and Selina Williams in 1939.
Bill retired from the Toledo Fire Division at the rank of District Chief. At that time, he oversaw the Communication Bureau and before that oversaw the Paramedic Program when it initially started in the 1970’s. Before the Fire Department he served in the United States Navy for four years. Most of that time he served aboard the aircraft carrier Antietam which was the first canted deck carrier. While aboard he served on the west coast, Hawaii, Japan, Korea and then through the Panama Canal to the east coast, Cuba, England and Newfoundland. He was discharged in Rhode Island after Hurricane Carol in 1954.
Bill was a loving husband, proud father of five children and doting grandpa numerous grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman and nature fan. He enjoyed watching college football and was a reader of non-fiction books and material.
After his retirement from the Toledo Fire Department, Bill and his late wife Tiz moved to Knox County and started the first full time marina operation at Apple Valley Lake. The later incorporated as Pier 36 Inc. and ran the business for over 20 years before turning it over to the family. They also owned Pier Plaza and lived on 13 acres adjacent to the business.
Bill was a member of the Fire Fighters Local 92, the Toledo Fire Chiefs Association, American Legion, past member of the East Knox Lions Club and National Fire Protection Association. Bill was a strong supporter of close family ties, hard work, self-help, honesty and integrity. He enjoyed the outdoors and loving his family.
He is survived by his daughters, Dawn (Larry Harp and Sally Glombowski; sons, Matthew (Cordi) Williams, Neil (Chris) Williams and Bryan (Anna) Williams; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter; a sister, Janet (Bill) Fuehrer of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Besides his parents Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Norma “Tiz” (Smothers) Williams and a brother, Richard Hereford.
Friends may call on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will begin at 7 pm. Rev. John Idoine will be officiating.
Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Danville United Methodist Church.
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