William Lee “Bill” Sears

February 04, 1938 ‒ April 20, 2018

Marion, Ohio

William Lee Sears died peacefully in Marion General Hospital on April 20, 2018 at the age of 80.

Bill is survived by Janet, his wife of 61 years, his children Deborah K. Styer (Brian) of St. Mary’s, Ohio, William Scott Sears (Jane) of Montgomery, Texas, and Larry J. Sears (Debbie) of Magnolia, Texas, and his 10 grandchildren.

Bill was born on February 4, 1938 to William J. and Thelma H. Sears. He graduated from Linden McKinley High School in 1956 and married Janet, his high school sweetheart. The young couple immediately moved to Marion where Bill found an entry-level job at newly opened Whirlpool Corp. The next 40 years brought 3 children, much hard work, and continuous advancement at Whirlpool where Bill ultimately rose to the position of Superintendent of Manufacturing. After retirement in 1996, the couple undertook many adventures and travel, including a 6-month work assignment in China.

Bill and Janet recognized the importance of education and are very proud that all three of their children earned advanced degrees. They are especially proud of the many achievements of their 10 grandchildren, all of whom have graduated college or plan to do so – Adam Styer (34), who started his own successful business, Austin Styer (33), who put himself through college and pursued his goal of becoming an accountant, Andrew Styer (30), a successful medical device rep, Tim Sears (27), US Army officer and helicopter pilot, Stephen Sears (25), graduating from U. Texas Law School next month, Elizabeth Sears (22) and Emma Sears (18), bright college students who were the apples of his eye, Daniel Sears (15), a promising debate competitor, and twins Caroline and Camille Sears (13), talented and athletic competitive cheerleaders. Despite their different career paths, geographic locations, and personal interests, they all had one thing in common – they loved and adored their grandpa.

Calling hours are scheduled at Snyder Funeral Home of Marion, Denzer Chapel, 360 East Center Street, Marion, on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 5-7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. Mary Church, Marion with Father Thomas Buffer presiding. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Operation Gratitude, PO Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426, an organization which supports US soldiers in active deployment by sending care packages.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bill’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/william-lee-bill-sears.

  • Jan and family, We are so sad to hear that Bill passed away. We will always remember that easy smile and great sense of humor that we experienced on our trips. May God give you strength and comfort you with wonderful memories of a great guy. Rena and Bill Born

  • To the entire Sears clan……
    So sorry to hear that Bill passed away. I’ll never forget his easy-going manner and constant smile. He treated me like one of the family, and for that I am grateful. It seems like just yesterday that Larry and I would walk downstairs late at night and Bill would ask if we felt like pizza, finished off by those magical words, “I’ll buy if you’ll fly!” Very, very sorry for your loss. You will be missed, Papa Searsetti!

  • Dear Brian, Deb and family,
    On behalf of the entire Robert styer family we send sympathy. We will pray for you.

  • I worked for Bill at Whirlpool. He was the nicest man with an easy going manner and always smiling. So sorry to hear of his passing. You are all in my prayers.

  • Dear Deb and Brian, Adam, Austin, and Andrew,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Holding you up in prayers during this time.
    Speaking from experience, it is never easy to lose your dad. We will always be daddy’s little girls. ((((((Jesus❤️Hug)))))
    Mike and Eloise Vogel

  • I work with Bill many years in Maintance and as a great friend. He will be great miss by all. Prayers for his family. I knew he up in heaven watching down on us all.

  • Rest In Peace dear friend. I always enjoyed our friend ship and the 40 some years working at Whirlpool. Thanks for helping me off the air crafts as we returned from China. We had a lot of laughs and story telling at the SPOT Bar in are early years after work.

  • To the Sears family, I am very sorry for your loss. Bill was a good guy and he will be missed.

  • Dear Mrs Sears ,Debbie,Scott and Larry,
    You all have my deepest sympathy. Your Dad was a very kind and gentle man. May he Rest In Peace
    Greg Sens

  • Janet and family – We are sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Please know that you are in our prayers, your ” Johnson Street neighbors, of old. ” Bill & Phyllis Smith – Clermont, Fl.

  • Dear Janet, Debbie, Scott and Larry, My Mother and I were so very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. We will always remember the many fun times we had together. Janet, when you come back down to Texas, please come and see us. Love Always, Norma Reed and Lori Tucker

  • To the Sears family: My husband Warren and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. 🌹

    Paula DeLauder Martin

  • To Bill’s entire family. What a wonderful caring person Bill was. I knew him from 1977 to his retirement. I ran into him recently and asked if his name was Bill. He didn’t remember me but that was ok. It tickled him that I remembered him. He smiled that big smile as we ended our talk. I will always remember his smile. Bless you all in your time of sorrow.

  • Mrs. Sears, Deb, Scott and Larry. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Sears. Seems like yesterday we all lived on Johnson Street. Please know you are in my prayers and after Mass today I lit a candle.

    Michael Smith
    Springfield, Virginia

  • To the Sears Family.

    My deepest regards for the lose of Bill, Over the years it was My pleasure to be associated with him and his family. He really was a great example of all that is good.
    he will me missed .

    Sincerely. James M, Styer


  • Jan and family. We were so saddened by Bill’s passing . Will always remember the good times we had together.

    Don & Barb