William R. “Bill” Wirick
May 31, 1952 ‒ January 27, 2017
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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