William R. “Bill” Wirick

May 31, 1952 ‒ January 27, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

William R. Wirick passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 in OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 64.

Bill was born May 31, 1952 in Mt. Vernon to Robert C. & Ruth (Dunlap) Wirick. Following his graduation from Fredericktown High School, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army. He continued his service with the Air National Guard (where he made many friends and earned the nickname “Smurf”) and retired in 2012 after a combined 37 years of service. Not one to sit still, Bill continued working part-time for Jefferson/Perry Twp doing road maintenance.

As a young man working for F&W Repair in Bellville, Bill took special interest in a lovely co-worker, Tammy Kochheiser. The pair only dated a few months before marrying on February 19, 1977.

Bill regularly attended Clear Fork Alliance Church and he thoroughly enjoyed fellowship with his church family. He and his wife had the blessing of experiencing baptism together and each year Bill enjoyed participating in the “Experience Bethlehem” walk-through ministry.

Bill was a warm and friendly “people-person” who would do anything for anyone. He dearly loved his family (especially his grandsons) and his favorite get-togethers included a cookout over which he presided as grillmaster. His BBQ chicken and award-winning chili were crowd pleasers as were his good-natured jokes and general orneriness.

One of his favorite hobbies was tinkering around with cars and spending time in his garage. He also enjoyed cutting wood, camping, fishing, and rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals and OSU football teams. He always preferred being outdoors and even while undergoing treatment, he put everyone else before himself. He will be best remembered for his incredible love for his family to whom he expressed his love every night and with each “see-ya-love-ya-bye.”

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 40 years Tammy Wirick of Bellville; two sons William T. “Bill” (April) Wirick of Bellville and Kyle Wirick (fiancée Melissa Michalski) of Mansfield; PawPaw’s boys (grandsons) Liam Wirick and Collin Wirick of Bellville; mother Ruth Wirick of Fredericktown; sister Charlotte (Robert) White of Florida; sisters-in-law Shirley (Robert) McAuley and Rhonda (Mark) Carver; brother-in-law Randy (Heather) Kochheiser; many nieces and nephews with whom he was very close; mother-in-law Genny Kochheiser of Bellville; along with numerous extended family members and close friends.

In addition to his father Robert Wirick, Bill was preceded in death by his sister Dixie Wirick; brother Robert “Bobby” Wirick; and father-in-law Lawrence Kochheiser.

Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Mike Stine will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Clear Fork Alliance Church, Worthington Twp-Butler Rescue Squad, or Akron Children’s Hospital NICU may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Tammy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Jimmy and Michele Butler

  • Tammy and your beautiful family, I’m so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. He will be missed dearly! Prayers to all of you!! I love you all so much!!

  • Tammy and family I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was always one to make me feel like family when I was at your moms. My heart and many prayers to you all

  • Tammy my heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers.

  • Tammy and family, So sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was such a nice guy with a great sense of humor. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless!
    Love, Nick, Ginger and Allison

  • Tammy my sincere condolences for you and your family at this very difficult time , May the lord give you peace and mercy and hold you in his wings to comfort you .
    Molly Bartrum

  • You are all in our thougts and prayers.
    We’re honored and so thankful for Bill’s friendship and years of great memories .

    Sincerely, Dan and Barb Benner

  • My dear childhood friend, I am so saddened by your loss. I’m thankful that you are surrounded by loving family & friends to help you and the boys through this. I’m sorry that I never knew Bill for he must have been a wonderful man since you chose him about all others, but so glad you have such great memories of your life with him. May the great COMFORTER hold you in HIS arms and guide your footsteps until the day you, too, will where Bill has gone. What an eternal promise we have in HIM! All our love & prayers, Vicki, Biff & family

  • Tammy my heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family. It’s been so long since I have seen you both, praying for your strength. May God Bless You ALL.

  • My prayers go out to my friend Bill’s family. Bill always was friendly and kind to me during our service together at th 179th ANG. I will remember your smile and laughter building fond memories in the motor pool. I will miss you my friend.

  • Tammy and family, our hearts are breaking for you. Danny always thought so much of Bill. The F&W Repair gang…sure had fun times. You have our deepest sympathy. Love you, Danny & Joyce

  • Tammy and family,
    Prayers and sympathy to you all during this difficult time. So many great memories
    and laughs with Smurf over many years. Truly a gem! God bless.

  • Dear Tammy and family , we send our deepest sympathy to you all at this time. We pray for the loving arms of our Lord and Savior to wrap you in love and comfort. We love you Rick and Linda McAuley

  • So sorry for your loss. I got to know Bill when I worked out at the Air National Guard base. Prayers for you and your family. RIP Bill…

  • Tammy and family,Drew and I are so sorry for your loss.We always had such a great time playing volleyball on Sundays.Bill will be missed but not forgotten.Keeping you and your family in our prayers.God Bless Drew and Jean Dill

  • Dear Tammy &Family,
    Our hearts were sadden to hear of Bills passing. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim & Rhonda Young

  • So sorry for your loss of “Smurf” he was a gem to work with at the 179th Ohio ANG, we deployed many times together throughout my career. He was always one to help you out when needed. May God bless your family during this difficult time.

  • Tammy and family,
    I’m very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I knew Bill growing up and eventually walking together at graduation. I salute him for his service to our country. Peace and comfort to you and the family during this time. Ruth, I am so very sorry. Keeping your faith in our Lord will see you all through this.
    Karen Singrey

  • Bill was a special person. I have known Bill most of my life and always found him to be a very friendly and warm person. I have may fond memories of Bill while we were growing up in Fredericktown. He was one of those special people that we get the privilege to know during our life.
    RIP Bill
    Your friend always.

    Jim Wagner

  • Tammy and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. It was my great privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Bill at the 179th. He was a dedicated and hard working individual who was always willing to share his knowledge with everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Bill and Karen Harris

  • Ruth, Charlotte and families so sorry to hear the loss of your loved one, you have our sympathy, many blessings and prayers.

  • Tammy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I will always cherish all the late nights hanging out with you and Bill at your place, playing video games, talking, and laughing much. You both were so much fun. Memories will be cherished forever. God bless. Tami Lehnhart