William A. Dropsey
MANSFIELD: William A. Dropsey was an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We lost the blessing of his presence on Thursday, October 24, 2013. He passed away peacefully at the age of 74, in Mansfield, OH after a heroic battle with cancer.
To sum up his life in a few short paragraphs does not serve him justice, but we will do our best so you can know the man we were lucky enough to know.
Bill was born in Mansfield, OH on April 18, 1939. He was the youngest of six children.
He attended St. Peter's School. After graduating high school in 1958, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served four proud years as an electronics technician and earned the nickname Sawbuzz. He returned home from the Navy and started dating the love of his life, Jeannine Stahlheber. They were married on October 24, 1964. Bill took a job at General Motors
working as a production scheduler where he worked for 30 years. Bill and Jeannine went on to have 4 "brats", as he liked to refer to them and 6 grandchildren. They had a wonderful, beautiful and happy life together. In fact, he chose their 49th wedding anniversary to join his wife in heaven.
To know Bill though you must know the important things, like… He was a life-long Detroit Tigers fan! He made many trips to Detroit for Tiger games and was fortunate enough to go to a World Series game in 1984 when the Tigers won the championship! He also loved Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, so it was entirely appropriate when Bill's doppelganger, Lou Holtz, became their coach. Bill was an avid golfer and loved bragging to friends and family that he is the only 3 time DIGT (Dropsey Invitational Golf Tournament) Champion. He was also incredibly smart! Bill was everyone's phone-a-friend lifeline choice for any trivia show. His favorite TV shows were Jeopardy, ALF, and anything on the History Channel (back when it used to actually be about history, something he often lamented about in recent years). He was a great part of the Mansfield and St. Peter's communities. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He helped keep the scorebooks for St. Peter's Spartan Basketball for many, many years. He also helped coach the grade school basketball teams at St. Peter's. Later in life, Bill enjoyed volunteering his time at MedCentral where both he and his brother, Dick Dropsey, escorted patients to and fro, all while entertaining them with their friendly personalities. Most importantly though, he was funny and he was kind. He was a true family man and went out of his way to spend time with family, even when it meant hours of driving. He loved his immediate family, but also loved his extended family just as much. Many of his nieces and nephews think of him as a second grandfather. Family was everything to him. He was quite simply a great man!
Bill leaves behind his brother, Richard Dropsey; his sons, Christopher (Julie) Dropsey, Matthew Dropsey, Andrew (Jenni) Dropsey, and David Dropsey; six grandchildren, Sarah, Michael, Noah, Agatha, Louisa, and Max Dropsey. In addition he leaves behind many extended family members and friends who loved him very much and who he loved in return, but especially his niece, Sue Dropsey (Larry) Wade and their children (who were like additional grandchildren to Bill), Matt, Katie, Megan, Kayla, Mark, Karyn and Mary.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannine (Stahlheber) Dropsey; his mother, Justine (Dalton) Dropsey; father, Clarence Dropsey; sisters, Patricia (Dropsey) Caffrey, Eleanor (Dropsey) Predmore, Jeanne (Dropsey) Berges; and his brother, Philip Dropsey.
Friends may call at Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Avenue West, on Monday from 5-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00am Tuesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Fr. Jeremy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery with military services provided by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Spartan Athletic Boosters Club or MedCentral Hospice. www.herlihy-chambers.com