William F. “Sookey” Soulier III

August 19, 1949 ‒ June 17, 2008

Galion, Ohio

William F. “Sookey” Soulier III, age 58, of Galion and formerly of Mount Gilead, died on Tuesday afternoon, June 17, 2008, at the Ohio State University Medical Center following a six month battle with cancer.

He was born in Cardington, Ohio, on August 19, 1949, the son of Gertrude Ullom Soulier Trout of Mesa, AZ, and the late William F. Soulier II. Sookey graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1967, where he excelled on the football team. Later, he received his bachelor’s of arts degree in history from Tarkio College in Nebraska.

Following college and for the next twenty seven years, Bill lived and worked in Seattle, Washington, after earning a job at the Boeing Company. For Boeing, he started as a facilities plumber and worked his way up to coordinating their water treatment for their many expansions and new buildings. He learned the art of plumbing as an assistant to his father, Bill II.

While living in Seattle, Bill returned to Mount Gilead for his twentieth year class reunion, where he reconnected with a dear old friend, Teresa Knox Styer, whom he had known since he was 8 years old. A year later, they married on June 4, 1988. For the next twenty years, Bill and Teresa have shared a close bond that filled their lives “with happiness.”

In 2004, Bill and Teresa moved to Galion to be nearer to their family and especially their grandchildren. Upon returning to the area where he grew up, Bill worked for Cowen Truck Lines in Perrysville. An independent spirit, he loved the freedom of driving truck and he enjoyed the many sights he saw along the way.

He was a member of the North Robinson United Methodist Church, and the Masonic Lodge # 206 of Mount Gilead.

An outdoorsman, Bill loved anything to do with being on the western mountains in Oregon and Washington. He enjoyed everything from mountain biking, camping, and taking 5 day treks from Portland to Seattle, to his favorite pastime of hiking. An accomplishment he was very proud of was nearly reaching the summit of Mt. Rainer.

An avid fan of all things musical, Bill had a wide variety of musical interests from country to classical music. Though, he was especially fond of listening to the Beatles and “the Boss” Bruce Springstein.

Having a heart of gold, the best words to describe Bill would be to describe a man of God; as he was a “good, strong, fair, and loving man” who people would gravitate towards.

Bill will be dearly missed by his wife, Teresa; his mother, Gertrude; step son, David (Jeanie) Styer of Mount Gilead; two grandchildren: Hayden and Darren Styer; a brother, Johnny (Cathy) Soulier of Everett, WA; three sisters: Barb (John) Fricke of Mount Gilead, Betty (Ron) Perkins of Chandlier, AZ, and Marian (Dan) McBride of Seattle, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends on Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where services celebrating his life well lived will be held on Monday at 11:00 with Pastor Renae Meggitt officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.