William Mottayaw

August 26, 1933 ‒ March 27, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

William Edwin Mottayaw, age 85, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in OhioHealth Shelby Hospital surrounded by his family.

Bill was born August 26, 1933 in Mansfield to parents William O. & Rosella M. (Luikart) Mottayaw and graduated from Madison High School. A young lady named Janet Russell caught his eye when her family moved onto his father’s farm and the pair married on July 15, 1956. Bill worked with Tappan as a press operator for over 42 years until retiring.

Bill was a gifted builder. He enjoyed woodworking and built his own house and 5+ houses for family members. If you needed something done, Bill was the first one there to do it. He was outgoing and also enjoyed golfing. Bill was a lifelong Ohio sports fan, and was an even bigger supporter of his grandkids and great-grandkids and attended thousands of their sporting events.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Janet Mottayaw of Mansfield; children: Chris Mottayaw of Columbus, Craig (Denette) Mottayaw of Bellville, and Carl (Jorja) Mottayaw of Bellefontaine; grandchildren Josh (Amanda) Mottayaw, Daniel (Erin) Mottayaw, Becca (Aaron) Bagley, and Brooke Irvine; great-grandchildren Brylyn, Tatum, Harper, Kyla, Kayden, and one on the way; and sisters Bonnie Hammond and Joyce Alt; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A graveside service will be held 2pm Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Franklin Church Cemetery officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson. His family hopes you will join them in wearing OSU sportswear in Bill’s memory.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • You all will have my sympathy and will miss him. Bill was your handy man and a good one to support you all in your life. As kids growing up and things we learned together was great. when our visit to Ohio was a pleasure and most always a golf game was played. God Bless you all. love you Bonnie

  • I enjoyed talking to Bill about old tractors and farm implements. Once he got going, he remembered a lot about the old days and old ways of doing things. It was a pleasure listening to him. He was very handy, and could make almost anything. He will be missed.

  • I will always remember a story Janie shared with me. One day Janie had the urge for a soft pretzel you can only get at the mall food courts. And later Bill takes her to Polaris to get that pretzel, I think she still caught his eye even after 60+ years of marriage.
    He will be greatly missed by all. And we are one of his houses that he helped build.
    Thank you Bill.