William F. Ream, 72, a former longtime Chatfield resident and lastly resided in Mansfield, died Monday, September 16, 2013 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby following a brief battle with cancer.
Bill was born October 19, 1940 in Sulphur Springs to the late Russell and Nettie J. (Brewer) Ream. He was a 1958 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and on October 14, 1961 he was married to Sandra Joan Stroble who preceded him in death on February 23, 2008.
Bill worked at R. R. Donnelly for 35 years before retiring in 2003 as a transportation manager. Through the years, he and Sandra loved traveling the country with some of their favorite destinations being Gettysburg, Florida and the Grand Canyon. He enjoyed seeing the family during holiday events and was a very proud grandpa, always making time to attend track meets and football games. Bill loved sports in general, especially OSU football. He collected hats and was proud to wear his red OSU hat. In fact, if looking for Bill at a local high school sporting event, one would just have to look for the big red hat as it rarely left his head. He also collected toy trucks and spent his entire adult life collecting stamps. Bill also enjoyed walking, playing on the computer and was proud to have been a member of Scioto United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sherry (Randy) Lilly of Bucyrus and Terri (Joe) Pittaluga of Dayton; two grandchildren, Ryan (Cammy) Lilly of Bucyrus and Jena (Aaron) Starr of Fort Stewart, Georgia; three great grandchildren, Corbin Lilly, Zayden Lilly and Hailey Starr. Also surviving are siblings, John Ream, Roy Ream, Dorothy Schott, Mary Shifley, Connie Fellows and Gladdie McCarthy and a sister-in-law, Jean Ann Stroble of Cuyahoga Falls.
Preceding him in death are three siblings, Minnie Rose Ream, James Ream and Anna Belle Outhwaite.
A memorial service will be hosted by and held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21 at Scioto UMC with Rev. Glory Geib officiating. Inurnment will take place in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be dropped off at the Wise Funeral Service and made payable to the Humane Society serving Crawford County. To leave an expression of sympathy please visit www.wisefuneral.com.
Wise Funeral Service
129 W Warren St Bucyrus, OH 44820
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Sept. 18, 2013