William Ray Tobin

January 01, 1938 ‒ January 24, 2021

Marion, Ohio

William Ray “Bill” Tobin, age 83, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Bill was born in Marion, Ohio on January 1, 1938 to the late W.K. and Mildred Ilo (Smallwood) Tobin.  Bill graduated from Marion Catholic High School and later entered the US Navy where he served for four years active and two years in the reserves.  During that time, he earned a Good Conduct Medal.

After returning home from the Navy, Wanda Faye Copeland caught Bill’s attention at the Galleher Drug Store in Marion and after several attempts on Bill part and two first dates; the two were wed on June 10, 1960.

Together Bill and Wanda raised two children and loved six grandchildren.  They had the opportunity to travel across the United States and visit Hawaii.  They enjoyed beach trips with friends to Emerald Isle in North Carolina and annual Fourth of July trips to Portage Lake with friends.  Wanda preceded Bill in death on May 22, 2019.

Bill enjoyed antiquing and formerly owned and operated Tobin’s Faded Years. In addition to the shop, Bill was the financial administrator for the hospitals in Galion and Upper Sandusky

Bill is survived by daughter, Amy Orewiler of Marion; grandchildren, Alec (Chesney), Caden, Abby (Jonathan), Ben (Charity), Jeremy (Kristen), and Emily; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Caidyn, Bryson, Liam and Lydia; sisters, Marty Merchant and Betsy Tobin.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wanda; son, Kevin, and sister, Virginia Mathiot.

Private family services will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel with Pastor Tom Toney officiating and military honors provided by The Marion Area United Veteran’s Council.  Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Father Kyle Tennant presiding.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Bill’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I had never met Bill. I knew of him through his sister, Betsy, with whom I live in Colorado. But I do know this, he was a man of his time and had lived a full life.

    I think he began a slow departure after losing his wife of many years. And he now is in a better placee, with Wanda, and many old friends.

  • What a wonderful video tribute to a genuine good guy. Bill and I went through the old St. Mary’s school together and we both went into the Navy after High School. Many thanks go to Gladys Kleski who also was a classmate – she alerted us to Bill’s passing.

    For those who knew Bill and Wanda, fond memories will remain with all of us.
    Jerry Wilhelm

  • I met Bill 5 years ago and he came over to my back door beating on the door telling me how when I backed out of my drive and ran over some of his grass and how much pride he had in his lawn. After that day we hit it off. I am surly gonna miss the days of seeing his grandson planting his tomato plants or doing yard work and Bill telling him how to do it the right way lol.. I will miss my talks with him on his front porch about tomato’s or him hollering over at me asking me just what I was doing in the yard or when I was trying to fix something. He was a character and I learned so much from this man and about the past and how things were back in his days. I will miss him talking about his kids and grandkids. Too much to tell about how great of a man and neighbor he was to me. He was my friend and summers will never be the same without seeing him sitting on the front porch saying HI to all the neighbors. Such a great loss. Prayers to all his family. Bill you will be greatly missed.

  • Amy and family,

    So sorry to hear of your dads passing. I knew him from St. Mary School. A wonderful person.
    I know he will be missed.
    Prayers for family.

    Sue Behm

  • Amy and Family,
    I worked with Bill at Wyandot Memorial Hospital and just heard of his passing. He was a wonderful person, co-worker, and friend. Always a smile on his face and a story to tell. Had dinner with him and Wanda a few years ago at Red Lobster in Marion. Always enjoyed seeing him. You have our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of him and your Mom, too.
    Vickie and Steve Underwood