William Newman

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William C. Newman

MANSFIELD: William C. Newman, 96, of Mansfield, died peacefully July 22nd at his home in Wedgewood Estates, Mansfield, Ohio. Born March 18, 1918 in Alliance, Ohio, he was the son of the late Homer and Florence Newman.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Ed Hoffmann of Mansfield and Kathy and Mark Endres of Victoria, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Betty Ellsworth.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruth M. Newman; daughter, Rosalie M. Wells; son, Richard N. Newman; two grandchildren, Ryan and Renee Hoffmann; brother, John Newman; and sister, Florence Miller.

Dr. Newman was a graduate of Mount Union College, class of 1940, and Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky where he received both his B.D. Degree in 1944 and the Dr. of Ministry degree in 1974.

Dr. Newman served as the pastor of First Christian Church in Mansfield for 24 years, retiring in 1980. During his pastorate, he served as President of the Mansfield Ministerial Association, the Chairman of the Mansfield Mayor's Committee on Human Relations, President of the Commission on the Ministry for the Christian Church in Ohio, President of the Ohio Council of Churches, and served 27 years on the Board of Lexington Theological Seminary. He also served on the Board of the YMCA and the Community Service Board.

Following his retirement, he served as the interim minister at 17 Ohio Christian Churches (DOC). He and Ruth traveled to many countries and spent their summer months at their cottage at Crystal Lake, Michigan.

Bill also filled his days with many volunteer positions in the Mansfield community. He tutored at Hedges Elementary School for 13 years in the HOSTS Program. He tutored at Prospect and Sherman Schools for a total of 9 years. He also tutored adults at the Mansfield Library for 8 years. He served as a mediator in the Small Claims Court for 10 years, AARP tax aide counselor for 21 years, volunteered at the STORE, helping children select clothing for 4 years, taught Sunday School for 10 years at First Christian Church, and delivered books to shut-ins for the library for 3 years. He was a wonderful example of how to spend your time in retirement helping others and giving life real meaning and purpose.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 200 West Third Street, Mansfield, Ohio with Rev. Greg Bibler officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 200 West Third Street, Mansfield, OH 44902 or Lexington Theological Seminary, 230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40503. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of William C. Newman.

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Published in the News Journal on July 27, 2014
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