William L. “Bill” Burley Jr.

September 26, 1933 ‒ September 08, 2018

Prospect, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

William “Bill” LeRoy Burley, Jr., was born on September 26, 1933 in Crawford County, Ohio to the late William LeRoy Burley, Sr. and the late Mildred Marie Hedges Burley.  He graduated from Morral High School in 1951. He died at Riverside Methodist Hospital September 8, 2018, about three weeks shy of his 85th birthday.  Bill had one younger brother, the late Larry Lee Burley.

Bill and Margaret Lee Martin Burley were married on March 29, 1952 in Caledonia, Ohio.  They had 66 years of blissful marriage together! Their children are: David (Carol) Burley, Lee Ann (late Eric) Derugen, Keith (Michelle) Burley, and Thomas Burley (Rosemary Appiah, special friend).  Their Grandchildren are: Ryan (Jessica) Burley, Heather (Patrick) Burley Zingerella, Kyle Burley (fiancé Kelsey Brust) and Morgan (Matthew) Burley Vatalare. He was overjoyed to have a great-grandson to carry on the Burley name by Ryan and Jessica, 4-month-old James Scott Burley.  He will be especially missed by his nephew Jeff Burley and niece Su Burley Moodespaugh.  He is also survived by his most improbable companion, Snookie the Cat.

He grew up on a farm and started helping his father at a young age.  He acquired and worked his first farm at the age of 18.  He loved farming and the country life.  Bill raised many things… he raised cattle, hogs, sheep; he raised corn, soybeans, wheat; he even raised a couple faithful farms dogs, Boots and Skipper.  But he rarely raised his voice to his children… except to holler up the stairs every morning to get them out of bed by saying, “It’s gittin’ on to Noon!”

After he and Margaret married he farmed while working at White Mule Co, Marion and later Tecumseh Products. They lived and farmed the Hinnaman Farm 1953-1958; the Owens Farm from 1958 to 1972; and then the Hedges Farm (Bill’s grandparents) from 1972 to where they live today in the family’s 1865 farmhouse.

He will be missed by many farmer friends around the Green Camp area.  Bill Junior and his father Bill Senior, as they were known, met their farmer friends every day for lunch at the Berwick Pizza Shop in Green Camp for years.  His farmer friends Steve Clunk and Tim Seiter have farmed the Hedges farm since Bill retired from the fields about 2005, Claire Zimmerman, Bob Richie, Tom Myers who worked on the tractors often, Benny Rose and Dwight Williams.  Special Friends are the late Burley Lowe and his son Carlson Lowe, Mary Gray, Jaime Pollock and Gloria Coleman.

Although his health had been a bit up and down in recent weeks, always the farmer, Bill had just had the big White tractor pulling a 15′ chopper out last Thursday to mow the lanes around the farm.  The next day, he suddenly fell ill.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio; Calling hours Wednesday, September 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Funeral service on Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Craig Moock, Rural Chapel United Methodist Church, Galena, will officiate the service.  Burial will be at the Marion Cemetery following the service.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, 165 W. Center St, Suite 302, Marion, Ohio 43302 where Margaret recently retired after working 39 years assisting families of children with disabilities.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bill’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann and family;
    My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning about the death of your beloved Bill, my prayers are with you and your whole family.

  • Dearest Margaret, Lee Ann & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We are holding you close in our thoughts and prayers. We pray the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.Hold tight to his memories for comfort and peace!

    The Sebastian Family
    Tammie, Carman, Nikolette and Noell

  • Dear Burley Family~ I have such fond memories of Bill calling me “the little girl” over the past 19 years. When I saw him in June, he asked me how “the little girl” was doing, and it created such delight in me.

    Blessings on all of you as you manage the joys and difficulties in the days ahead.

  • Dear Margaret and the entire Burley Family,
    You all have my deepest sympathy. I have known Bill, Margaret and Lee Ann for 19 years. I just cannot believe Bill won’t be stopping in anymore to get coffee and complain about it being flavored. Or calling me to see why Margaret isn’t downstairs yet to leave with him. As much as he fought it, and denied it to me, he became a cat lover after all. My heart is broken. Big hugs and much love, Angie

  • I have very fond memories of Bill as my classmate at Morral High School. We shared many good times together. My condolences to Margaret and the family,
    Bob Buckley Oregon City, Oregon

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann and the Entire Burley Family,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss and sorrow. No words can express the level of comfort you are wished in this trying time. You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Losing a loved one is difficult, but you have the advantage of your special memories of Bill. Treasure your time as you draw together. Prayers for comfort for all.

  • We are sorry for your loss. Barry and I both treasure our conversations with Bill. May you find peace, and know you are very loved.

  • Margaret, Lee Ann, and Family

    May God wrap his loving arms around you and provide Strength, Guidance, Protection and Knowledge.

    With lots of Love,


  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann, and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and father, Bill. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Valorie Dombroskas

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann and family,

    So shocked and sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I will never forget you all coming to Bryan and Kathy’s wedding sharing the joy. Always enjoyed talking with him at the Horn Walter Awards.

    Praying you find strength and peace in the promise that you all will be together once again.

    Love and hugs,

    Connie, Bryan, Kathy Hudson and family

  • Margaret and Lee Ann,

    Embrace all the wonderful memories you have of spending time with him. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Dear Burley Family;
    We are so saddened to hear this news. There are no words to express the feelings for such a loss. You are all in our prayers and thoughts. We have many wonderful memories of visits and conversations with Bill, Margaret and Lee Ann over the years that will remain with us for many years to come! So glad we were able to visit with most of the Burley family just a few short months ago in Columbus. Rest in Peace Bill!

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss, Bill was such a nice and kind person. My thoughts and heart are with you. Will keep you close in prayer.
    All my love,
    Robin Bryant

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    I am praying that God gives you the strength and peace that only He can provide during these difficult times.
    Love and prayers,
    Kim Dennison

  • Dear Burley Family,
    My family and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of “Mr. Burley.” My childhood memories are full of great times with Keith, Bill, and Margaret as I learned a great deal about farm life and being a good person. Mr. Burley was always kind, patient, generous and full of humor in his interactions with me. I saw him as a great role model for what it means to be a “Good Man”. I am grateful that I got to share one last memory at Morgan’s wedding where as usual he was quietly hilarious in discussing the keys to a successful marriage. The world is a much better place because of his time spent here.
    My sympathies and condolences to all.
    Graham Weir

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God give you His comfort and peace as you treasure in your hearts all the memories you have.
    Love and prayers,
    Chantelle Blackburn

  • Margaret, Lee Ann and family,
    I am so sorry to read of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Carla Brown

  • Dear Burley Family,
    You have my deepest and sincerest sympathy upon the passing of your dear Bill. It is so hard to find the words to express how very much I want you to find comfort, peace and strength at this time. The prayers and thoughts of our family is with you. So hard to lose some one so special.
    Jacqueline, Mark, Joanna, John-Mark, Marci and Jackson Howley

  • Dear Margaret, Lee Ann, and family,

    I was so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. With time, may pleasant memories ease your sadness.

    My condolences,

    Pat Cloppert

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. The entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Margaret and family my heart breaks for you all. Bill was a very special person. He will be dearly missed! Sending my thoughts and prayers.


  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. May you treasure your years of memories and blessings you shared. Take care.

  • Dearest Margaret, Lee Ann, and Family,

    I was so saddened to hear the news; so very, very sorry for your loss. May the many precious treasured memories over the year with Bill be a comfort to you now and in the days to come.

    You will be in my continued thoughts and prayers.

    With Much Love,

  • Margaret, Lee Ann, and family,

    My prayers are for your family as you prepare to celebrate Bill’s life. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Sandy Becker

  • Margaret, Lee Ann, and family,

    My prayers are for your family as you prepare to celebrate Bill’s life. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  • Burley Family…. my thoughts and prayers are with you all. The world was blessed with a man like Bill and now heaven has gained a great man! Condolences…. Dana Weary-Fox

  • Dear Margaret, Keith, Lee Ann, David and Families,

    We are holding all of you close in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with the sorrow of Bill’s passing. We hope and pray that you will be able to find peace and comfort in so many beautiful memories of Bill. Every encounter we had over the years with him were enjoyable and uplifting. We are so grateful to have known such a special individual. Bill will always be an example of what it means to live a good life. He will be missed, but the fond memories will live on for all of us.
    Love and Prayers,

    Tim and Lynn

  • Dear Burley Family,
    Grandpa Bill was one of the kindest guys I’ve ever met and I’m lucky to have had a chance to know him. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • Margaret,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I have fond memories of you and Tom from many years ago at Ohio State. May the love of family support you at this difficult time. Blessings on you all.
    Gretchen Luidens

  • Keeping Your Whole Family In Our PRAYERS.
    Praying for Strength & Peace The LORD will keep you’all.
    from Raychelle & Saundra.


  • Margaret,
    So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Know that you, Lee Ann, and the rest of your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Dear Lee Ann and the family of Bill Burley,

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I hope you all can take comfort in Bill’s long, active and meaningful life.
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time of adjustment.

    In sympathy,
    Jo Ann Radwin-Zimmerman

  • Margaret and Lee Ann,
    My deepest sympathy is extended to you and the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.