Fishburn William Edwin Fishburn, 79 of Fostoria, OH, died Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 at St Catherine's Manor in Fostoria. He was born August 10, 1932 in Piketon, OH to Ralph and Marie Fishburn. He married Marilyn Cotner on February 15, 1958 in Columbus, OH she died February 20, 2013. Surviving are his children, Kendra K. Fishburn of Fostoria, Bruce J. Fishburn of Memphis, TN; brother, Colonel (Ret., USA, Chaplain) Ralph D. Fishburn of Florence, TX; adopted grandchildren, Cory and Sarica, Courtney, and Caitlin Stahl; and large family including nephews, Brad and Barth Cotner of Columbus. He is preceded by his parents, wife Marilyn, two stillborn sons, brothers John T. and SFC (Ret, USA) Robert E. Fishburn, sister Ruth A. Fishburn. Bill retired as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at the Harold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, in 2003 after 23 years of employment. Prior to that he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant on September 1, 1974 after 3 years of U.S. Army and 18 years of U.S. Air Force service. He became known for his expertise in personnel, administrative, and industrial security. His last position was Law Enforcement Superintendent of a 75 person police force. Bill was a 1952 Graduate of North High School, Columbus. 1976 Graduate of Franklin University, Columbus, and a 1978 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Bill was a member of Trinity United Brethren Church. He was a faithful husband of over 55 years of marriage, father, and member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, Disabled American Veterans, and Air Force Security Police Association. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 73 in Fostoria, The Retired Enlisted Association, The Ohio Embalmers Association, National and Ohio Funeral Directors associations. He was a former founding member of the Fostoria Toastmasters Club. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 30, 3013 at 11 a.m. at the HARROLD-FLORIANA FUNERAL HOME, Fostoria, Ohio with the Rev. Richard Krcal officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio where Military honors will be conducted by the United Veterans Group of Fostoria. Memorial may be made to Trinity United Brethren Church in Fostoria or the Victory Christian Center, P.O. Box 61514, San Angelo, TX 76906. Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hffh.net
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Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home
301 West Tiffin Street Fostoria, OH 44830
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 28, 2013