William R. 'Bill' Dessecker
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Age 76, of Green, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 8, 2014, while visiting family in Maui. He was born Feb. 22, 1938, in Massillon, a son of the late Alfred and Catherine (Seward) Dessecker and resided in Jackson Township, Alliance and Green during his life. He is sadly missed by his wife, Jane.
Bill was a 1956 graduate of Jackson Township High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Muskingum College in 1960, having played football at both schools. He received a Masters Degree from Kent State University in 1965 and a Doctorate in Education from The Ohio State University in 1975. Bill was at the University of Mount Union (College) for 17 years where he coached football, was assistant professor in the Health and Physical Education Department, and became Department Chairman. He then became Athletic Director at Jackson Local Schools for 25 years, retiring in 2002. Bill was honored as the State Athletic Director of the Year in 1997, and was named to the Jackson High School Hall of Fame in 1983. He served as President of the Northeastern Ohio District Athletic Association in 1989-1991. Bill was a longtime volunteer of the Firestone (Bridgestone) World Golf Championship. He was a member of Maranatha Bible Church in Akron.
Survived by his wife, Jane Dessecker; one son and daughter-in-law, Mason and Jill Dessecker, of Rochester, Minn; a step-daughter, Angie Glass, of Maui, Hawaii; and three step-grandchildren, Molie, Clay, and Anna Glass; his sister, Carol Sebald, of North Canton; one niece, Teresa (Pete) Russell, and their children, Ryan and Nicole, of Powell, Ohio; and one nephew, Michael (Cindy) Sebald, and their children, Mollie and Jake, of Broadview Heights, Ohio.
A private Memorial Service was held in Maui on June 11, 2014. Services will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Maranatha Bible Church, 1424 Killian Rd., Akron with Pastors Tom Chain, Adam Holcomb, and Don Rohrbacher officiating. Friends and family may call Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home and Friday at the church one hour before the service. Memorials may be made to Jackson Local Schools, University of Mount Union Athletics, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Maranatha Bible Church, or the donor's favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to:
Gordon (330) 456-4766
Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home
1803 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository from June 19 to June 24, 2014