William R. “Bill” Kuykendall

September 01, 1947 ‒ October 31, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

William R. “Bill” Kuykendall, age 68, of Fredericktown, OH, passed away Saturday evening, Oct 31, 2015, at his residence with family by his side.

On September 1, 1947, Bill was born in Columbus OH, the son of Robert W. Kuykendall and Marjorie (McComb) Kuykendall Hilbert.  Bill served his country in the United States Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam from 1967-68.  After returning home, Bill enjoyed exploring many career opportunities, but his love was always in the restaurant industry.  He managed several establishments over the years in Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  He was an avid bottle collector and loved buying and selling.  In his later years, Bill also enjoyed buying Stetson hats and was rarely seen without one. Bill loved Saturday afternoons watching college football and was an enthusiastic University of Alabama football fan.

Bill is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cherolyn (Kleppinger) Kuykendall; son, Bret Kuykendall of Fayette, AL; son and fiancée, Zechariah Kuykendall and Chastie Pate of Brookwood, AL.  He was blessed with three granddaughters: Kailey, Dakota, and Taylor; step-father, Earl Hilbert of Fredericktown, OH; sister, Shirlee Regan of Sevierville, TN;  sister, Patti Bough of Vero Beach, FL;  sister and brother in law, Barbara J. (Kuykendall) and Jim Napper of Fredericktown, OH;  sister in law, Joyce Kuykendall of Toledo, OH.  Bill also enjoyed the love of several nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Robert W. “Sonny” Kuykendall, Jr.; sister, Marjorie Ruth Musselman; and sister, Sandra Lee Alexander.

To respect one of his final wishes, there will be no funeral service. To honor his memory and the memory of all those affected by Agent Orange, please release orange balloons Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.

Memorial contributions in Bill’s honor may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 751 Brooksedge Plaza Dr., Westerville, OH 43081.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bill’s family, and special memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Please know that your family is in my prayers. Much love to you Zechariah!

    Bonita Nauman

  • I am so sorry for your loss you will all be in our thoughts and prayers my God guide you thru these days…..R.I.P. Bill

  • He will be dearly missed beyond imagination. He was by far the best father a son could ask for. He always supported me in my goals and in my occasional struggles as an adult. He was a great husband to my mother and I can only hope to have a marriage one day like theirs. He was by no stretch a people person, but if you took the time and effort to get to know him or even engage in meaningful conversation he would usually give you the shirt off his back. His love for his family, generosity to those in need, resourcefulness, and work ethic are among his best traits which I hope to carry on. Love you now and forever Dad hope you are finally at peace..

    • Son please know that your Dad was so proud of you as his son. He knew that you needed to find your own way with a little help from him. He loved those babies and Chastie so much. You are a great dad and have so many of your Father in you. I love you son.

    • So very well said, Zechariah. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are a wonderful son and father yourself. You will become the wonderful person your dad was. It just takes time. You and your family are in my thots and prayers. I love you all. Thanks for sharing your family. I feel like I know them.

  • I am so sorry for your loss I can’t imagine your pain but Uncle Bill was a great man and never will be forgotten miss and love you all so much!!!

    • Thanks Lori. He was my very best friend in the world and I am going to be so lost without him physically here. I know how much he went through the last years and am grateful that he has finally found peace. Love and miss you

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. He was a great man. He will also be greatly missed!! R.I.P Bill

    • Thank you Brenda. He was an awesome husband, father and Pap Pap and we will miss him so very much.

  • I have not seen him for years….but I remember him and sharing his knowledge on this or that…He was a very nice man and I am glad I got to meet him…..prayers for his family

  • I really didn’t no him, but I no he was a guy, he was a Kuykendall ,thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  • Dear Cheri, my heart is aching for you. I know the special and loving relationship the two of you had. Not every couple has that. Find comfort and peace knowing he is waiting patiently for you. I love you!

    • Thanks Aunt Linda, I appreciate it! I am glad to have found such a love during my lifetime. I love you too!

  • I am so saddened to see Uncle Bill go however my greatest memories that stand with him was always preaching the word of God to anybody and everybody whether they would listen or not now he is serving him in a different way he is now sitting at the right hand of God we love him and always will and we will miss him very much. Love you Uncle Bill forever…

  • Im so sorry for your loss Cheri n Family. It has been a long journey for you all with Bill’s illness. God knew it was time for Bill to come home.He is at peace now with no more pain n suffering. He is with the rest of his family. May God give you strength to go on and take away the hurt in your heart. Prayers for you always. Love you all..

    • Thank you Katie, it was definitely a hard journey for Bill. He fought as much as he could. I know he is at peace and not suffering, but there is such an emptiness. Love you all!

  • May God give you all strength. Prayers to all. Uncle Bill you will sadly be missed one of the most smartest man I have known. No more pain and suffering now in Heaven with your family..Rest in peace ..love you all Tana Britton and Family

    • Thank you Tana and Family. I miss him so much, but I know he is at peace and not suffering. He was a fighter clear till the end. I miss him more than words can describe.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Love and prayers always…
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer
    Aaron, Nikki, Lexi and Amelia
    Chris, Amber, Alissa, David and Skylar

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill will be greatly missed. He was a great man.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing Sherry. He certainly was a great man and I am thankful to have known him. Your in my prayers

      • In my short expression: The very bonds&connections of your familys love was the presence i felt with you all* May you all find in this that warms you>> Bill was as couragous in his fight as he was in his life* RIP