William H. Kornhaus

March 25, 1927 ‒ October 06, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

William Henry Kornhaus, age 94, passed away October 6, 2021, at the Waterford in Mansfield under the care of OhioHealth Hospice. He has reached his Heavenly home where he is with his wife, Mary, and his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bill was born in Orrville, on March 25, 1927, the oldest of three children and the son of Alvin Russell & Mary (Shoup) Kornhaus. He was raised on a farm southeast of Orrville and was a 1945 graduate of Dalton High School. He proudly served his country as a member of the Army during World War II and his honorable discharge came while he was stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He continued his education at Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Science.

One blind date at a bowling alley changed Bill’s life when he met his future wife. On January 25, 1963, he married Mary Kathryn Davis and though the -17°F weather gave him cold feet, he happily married his sweetheart. Together the couple had three children and celebrated 55 years of marriage. Bill was dedicated to Mary through her battle with Parkinson’s until she passed away in 2018.

Bill worked 34 years for the United Telephone Company (later Sprint, CenturyLink) as an Outside Plant Engineer. Bill was faithfully committed to serving his church, Lexington Grace Brethren. Over the years he held positions with the finance commission, and as a deacon, elder, small group leader, Sunday school teacher & superintendent, and an usher.

Travel was a big part of Bill’s life and he was blessed to visit all 48 contiguous United States. One mission trip to Haiti was particularly memorable. Other hobbies included stamp & coin collecting, Sudoku & puzzle solving, and oil painting.

He is survived by children & their spouses Bruce A. & Sarah Kornhaus of NY, Mark W. & Jennifer Kornhaus of FL, and Susan M. & Scott Stombaugh of IN; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; his sister Dorothy Burkholder of Pickerington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Kornhaus; a grandchild; and his brother James Kornhaus.

His family will receive friends on Monday, October 11, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue Chapel (2553 Lexington Ave in Mansfield) where a funeral celebrating his life will begin at 12 noon. Pastor Nathaniel Foote will speak with burial to follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be sent to Lexington Grace Brethren Church, 215 W Main St, Lexington OH, 44904, or brought to his services.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Lexington Avenue Chapel is honored to serve Bill’s family. Share a message with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

Legacy Touch fingerprint PIN for William: DC87F68U

  • May the Lord bring you comfort and peace. I always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Bill when we came to Ohio on vacation. He was such a kind and humorous uncle. He is blessed to be with his Savior, Jesus in heaven!

    • Audrey,

      So good to hear from you . . . thank you! He is blessed indeed, and we’re so glad he’s finally home.

  • It’s okay to share tears and grieve his death. However, our tears will are tears of hope because we know that he is in the presence of the Lord and that we will see him again.

    After all, Jesus is our Resurrection and Life.

    May these words be of encouragement to those who know the Lord, and draw the hearts of those who are yet to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, Prayers go to the family in this time of grief. I have known Bill for many years at the Telephone co. Always looked forward to seeing Bill at the southside Mansfield restaurant when he came in for supper. He will be missed. God Bless..

  • So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Bill and Mary and look forward to seeing them again in out heavenly home.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your father my mom and I would always see him at the Mansfield restaurant on south main and I would always say hi I worked at Winchester terrace nursing home were his wife was and I would always visit her and he would always bring her the news paper they were always happy I’m glad I got to know them both

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