William J. Earlewine

William J. Earlewine

NEWARK: A graveside service for William J. ("Bill") Earlewine, 88, of Newark will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at South Lawn Cemetery, Utica with Bruce Hissong officiating. Military honors will be provided by Licking Co. Veterans Alliance. At Bill's request there will be no visitation.

Bill died July 13, 2013 at his home in Newark, Ohio. He was born August 9, 1924 to Isaac and Mary (Good) Earlewine, and spent most of his life in Utica, Ohio with several later years in his life living at the Johnstown Sportsman's Club as caretaker before moving to Flint Ridge Village in 2012.

Bill lived with his parents and sisters, Betty, Carolyn and Julia before graduating from high school. Following graduation, Bill joined the effort to fight World War II and received training as a medic in the Army where he received a Bronze Star with three clusters signifying his valor in several hard fought campaigns throughout Europe. Upon returning home from the service, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Christine Smoots, and together they raised two daughters, Kathie and Marilyn, and eventually the family grew to include four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. To support his family, Bill worked several jobs around Utica before settling into a thirty-year career with the Miller Company followed by 10 years of service with the North Fork Local Schools.

Bill (sometimes known as "Ike") always enjoyed working with people and was widely known throughout the Utica and Johnstown areas for his community service work with the Utica Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, Utica Homecoming, and Johnstown Sportsman Club where he recently led a successful fund raising drive to bring the traveling version of the Vietnam Wall Memorial to Johnstown. Bill was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Bill's honor to your favorite local veterans organization.

Visit www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com to extend condolences to the family. Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica is assisting the family with arrangements.

Funeral Home

Law-Baker Funeral Home - Utica
34 North Main St. PO Box 456  Utica, OH 43080

Published in the Advocate on July 15, 2013