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Born Nov. 5, 1931 in Toledo, OH.
Bill's main purpose in life was "to give of himself." His generosity was his shining star. He gave to his family, his Lord, his Country. He never met or heard of anyone who was in need, whom he didn't try to help in any way he could. He was sustained by his Catholic faith.
Bill was a tackle and an end on Central Catholic High School's football team. He graduated in 1950.
In the early 50s, he was on the front lines in "The Korean Conflict" facing danger at every turn. He received an honorable discharge in January of '53. He retired from the Chrysler Corp. after 27 years where he was a jitney repairman. Bill was a master mechanic all his life.
Bill was a proud member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for many, many years and was President for 2 years at St. James Parish before it closed and continued on as a Vincentian at St. John the Baptist Church until his death.
He was a proud member of the Catholic War Vets - Post #639. Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.
He loved his family above everything. He is survived by his daughter, Colleen (Leo) Florkowski; son, Tim (Kim) and son-in-law, Paul Holewinski; grandchildren, Tony (Angie) Crippen, Jeremy Crippen, Deirdre (Josh) Jones, Leo Michael Florkowski, Madonna Florkowski, Adam and Alex Holewinski; great-grandchildren, Noah and Madeline Jones, Jared, and Joshua Crippen; sister, Margaret Crippen, and sisters-in-law, Jane Crippen and Anne Beebe. He was preceded in death by his loving of 57 years wife, Elaine, and daughter, Julie Holewinski; parents, Harold and Nora Crippen; brothers, Norbert, Bernard and Cyril Crippen.
Visitation will be Friday, January 31, from 2-8 p.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd., where members of CWV 639 will lead a rosary at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin on Saturday, at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Bill's loving caregivers, Connie and her little dog, Barney, who brought a light to dad's face, and the kind staff and caring nurses at The Lakes of Monclova. In lieu of flowers, Bill requested that donations be given to the St. Vincent De Paul Society-St. John the Baptist, Pt. Place Conference or to St. John the Baptist Church for the Maintenance Fund. Online condolences can be shared at
Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe
114 EAST ALEXIS ROAD Toledo, OH 43612-3703
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 30, 2014