William E. “Bill” Williams

June 22, 1931 ‒ October 23, 2020

Howard, Ohio

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.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of William E. “Bill” Williams.

  • We are sadden that we lost a very dear close friend today. We have SO many awesome memories! Our kids still talk about the memories of our Lake Cumberland trips. We never knew what was going to be in the soup he made. By the way Cumberland group, he finally admitted to Bill and I this past spring, that those fish were in fact in the sausage gravy! Bill will be missed by all that were so fortunate to have known him!

  • To the loving family of Bill, such a joy he was to be around, when he saw you he always had the biggest hugs for you. The time I was around the whole family they were so fun and loving. Him and Tiz made such an impacted on so many of us we will all miss them both so very much, so many memories so many laughs, God be with you all and know he is smiling from ear to ear to see his love again but will never leave the hearts of so many who loved them❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Love always to you all, Wendy

  • To Bill’s Family…..I have so many fond memories of the early years coming to Apple Valley. Your parents always treated myself and their many friends as FAMILY! The Muskingham River trip through the locks will always be a standout in 1985 for me. Bill was gloved up and covered with a trash bag ready to deliver my baby in case of emergency! I was also involved in designing the Pier 36 logo for Bill and Tiz. Thank you Williams Family…I am praying and thinking of you all❤️

  • So very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man who raised a wonderful family. I will always remember with fondness the memories from Cumberland, his soups and sense of humor. Godspeed

  • So many special memories with Bill, Tizzie, and the entire Williams family and friends. We are very sad at Bill’s passing, but so fortunate to have known them and be a part of their lives. We’ll miss you Billy, and yes, we loved the “mystery soup” at Lake Cumberland.💕

  • We’re so sorry for this great loss Dawn(&family). We were privileged to have meant him several times and he seemed so genuine and fun. Bless you all. Your moms arms are wide open. 🙏❤️
    Jayne & Bob Bruno

  • “His Journey’s Just Begun”

    Don’t think of him as gone away – his journey’s just begun.
    Life holds so many facet – this earth is only one…

    Just think of him as resting, from the sorrows and the tears
    In a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.

    Think how he must be wishing that we could know today
    How nothing but our sadness can really pass away.

    And think of him as living, in the hearts of those he touched …
    For nothing loved is ever lost ~ and he was loved so much.

    His legacy (and your mom’s) remains strong.
    They touched so many lives and made so many contributions.
    Shared laughter, love and life which will never be forgotten.

    Our deepest sympathies ~ Chris and Althea

  • So many memories of this man – many of them involve his famous soup! He was flexible – whether he was making a huge pot for a softball game on the ice or on a boat at Lake Cumberland. He and Tizzie were such amazing people, impacting the lives of generations! Rest In Peace dear friend. Our sincere condolences to his family.

  • Matt,
    I offer you and your family my thoughts and condolences as well as prayers of healing and comfort.

  • I was sorry to hear about Bill. He and Tiz were goo friends to Jerry and I. God Bless them both.

  • To the Family of Bill and Tiz Williams:
    I was so sorry to see the passing of Bill. I used to golf with your parents at Tomahawk when I first came to Ohio. Those were fun days. At the end of the season They would often have lunch at their place that Bill had prepared. We all hated to see Tomahawk close. After that your parents and I must have had the same grocery day because we often saw each other at Krogers. Lots of fond memories Bless all of you

  • Dear Neil and Bryan,

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families. We met Bill and Tiz at the Picnic Pub for ” Bowling Night”! Which we met weekly, and it was so much fun with a lot of laughter. After it ended, Tiz and Bill invited us to dinner several times for conversation and walking , chatting about family and nature.

    Bless you all,
    Larry and Kathy Smith

  • Dearest Family,
    We are simply heartbroken! We wish we could be with you during this time of loss. Please know that we would love to be able to give each of you, in person, love and hugs.
    I am so grateful for all the special memories from our childhood. Uncle Bill and Aunt Tiz taught me to work hard, to be respectful, to laugh, and to enjoy life. The world is an oyster… Most importantly to not let others define who you are or want to be! They were two of the most generous people I know! It’s hard to separate them because they were one together. They are now back together and will be forever…
    The last adventure we had, was enjoying time together in Colorado, in the June snowpack, on top of Rocky Mountain National Park taking selfies!!!! Laughing all the way up the mountain!
    There are so many memories and lessons that will never be forgotten!
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today and always!!!

    David and Carrie Fuehrer