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William J. "Bill"
William J. "Bill" Tremp passed away on January 15, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado after a 20 year battle with lymphoma. Bill was born on September 29, 1953, in Toledo, Ohio to Adela (Rapp) and the late William P. Tremp.
Bill graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bowsher High School and Stautzenberger College. He served in the Air Force earning the rank of Sergeant and later as a Reservist.
As a young man, Bill worked at Heatherdowns Library, where his insatiable love of reading flourished. This served him well throughout his life as he treasured his solitude, tried to learn more about cancer, healthful living, and obtaining a spiritual connection. In later years, whether in Toledo or during his travels, he could be found perusing the local bookstore or library, enjoying a cup of coffee and immersing himself in a good book.
While in the Air Force, Bill was stationed in Texas, New Mexico and Alaska. Upon his honorable discharge, he remained in Anchorage, Alaska for several years where he enjoyed the mountains and exploring the outdoors. Although he had setbacks with his illness, this did not stop him from traveling the country. In recent years, he traveled again to Alaska, Washington, and settled in Colorado in 2012.
Bill's jobs were as varied as his travels. While in Toledo, he worked for Churchill's, Ronfeldt, the Census Bureau, the Post Office, and the Lucas County Senior Nutrition Program. Outside of Toledo, Bill's most interesting job was in 2000 as one of several Census Takers in the remote North corner of Alaska where they surveyed the Eskimo Village population.
When his health was strong, he enjoyed biking, hiking and running. While in remission, he completed many road races including Humpy's 1/2 Marathon and Humpy's Marathon in Alaska which he considered some of his greatest accomplishments. As recently as 2012, Bill hiked to the top of Pike's Peak and regularly rode his mountain bike to further explore Colorado. He had a life-long love of jazz music and even while in hospice care was known for his unique sense of humor.
Bill is survived by his mother, Adela; his siblings, Judy (Dennis) Jenssen, Michael Tremp, David (Leigh) Tremp, Kathy (Doug) Faison, Ron (Julie) Tremp, Lisa (Mark) Urrutia, and Linda (Patrick) Waters; many nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles. A special thanks to his Colorado friend Suzanne Paul-Smith, the Colorado caregivers, and Ron, Judy, Doug and Kathy who visited him prior to his passing.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. followed by a prayer service and a "sharing of memories."
Memorial donations can be made in Bill's name to The Victory Center Toledo of which he participated in their support groups or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Please visit the online registry at
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 31, 2014
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614