William P. “Bill” Zirkel

July 10, 1938 ‒ July 01, 2011

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Bill Zirkel was a patriot – and also a veteran. He served with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Battle Group, 6th Infantry, during the occupation of Berlin and was a charter member of the Berlin U.S. Military Veteran’s Association.

Proud of his military service and his country, Bill passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 in Mifflin Care Center. He was 72.

Born William Paul Zirkel on July 10, 1938 in Mansfield to William Henry and Dora A. (Jennings) Zirkel, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and remained a lifelong Mansfield resident.

At one time, Bill had been a private pilot and dearly loved fishing. He was multiple past president of the Richland County Fish & Game Protective Association.

He was a life member of the NRA, a member of Mansfield Leiderkranz, Sons of Herman and Ontario V.F.W. Post #7651.

Bill had been co-owner and operator of KBZ Electric, Inc. for 20 years, and since his retirement, operated Electric Motor Products. He served as International President of Electrical Apparatus Service Association 1998-1999, and was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

A man who dearly loved this family, and his time spent with them, they include his wife Linda L. (Shaffer) Zirkel; his daughter and son-in-law Jill & Jim Mitchell of Ponte Vedra, FL; son and daughter-in-law William B. & Kathy Zirkel of Rockville, TN; grandchildren Jordan and Jennifer Mitchell, Jacob, Hannah, Brenna and Emme Zirkel; brothers and a sister-in-law James & Janice Zirkel of Longwood, FL and Edward Zirkel of Las Vegas, NV; his sister and brother-in-law Marilyn & Franklin Zuber of Hickory, NC; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law David Shaffer and Fred & Mary Shaffer all of Mansfield, Becky & Mike Dorr of Ashland and Donn & JoLyn Shaffer of Miamisburg; and nieces and nephews.

The Zirkel family will receive friends Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. Pastors Gary W. Miller and David Dorr, his nephew, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery near Rittman.

Contributions in Bill’s memory to Main Street United Methodist Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Zirkel family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com