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MOTE, William M. "Bill" Ph.D. 83, of Enon, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at Friends Care in Yellow Springs. He was born June 25, 1930 in Cushing, Oklahoma to the late William and Bertha Mote. Bill was a Cpl. of the National Guard of Oklahoma/National Guard of the United States; U.S. Air Force and graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. After beginning his career at Tinker AFB, in Oklahoma City, OK, where he was also a member of the Tinker Symphonic Choir; he retired from the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC,) Office of Inspector General, at WPAFB in 1986 after 33 years of dedicated service. He received The Outstanding Performance rating from AFLC, was a Certified Safety Professional and the author of articles contained in the Air Force Safety Journal. Bill was a member of the Association of Federal Safety and Health Professionals and Risen Christ Lutheran Church of Springfield, Ohio. Bill, along with the great professional coaching staff, coached the semi-pro baseball teams: Reco, Reco-Pabst, Pabst Royals, Post Printing, Daubenspeck Stars, Springfield Electros & others. The Reco baseball team won the 1975 NABF Major Division World Series Championship, while the 1978-79 Pabst Royal Baseball Team won the 1978 NABF Major Division World Series Championship with a 62 game winning streak. Numerous players who went on to the major leagues and left the major leagues played for these teams. Bill, along with the 1975 and 1978 teams are enshrined in the Springfield/Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame. Before his passing, he was working on writing a book entitled "And So It Goes". Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mote, whom he married on March 4, 1955; children and son-in-law; Jim Mote; Patty and Kevin Alexander, all of Springfield; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Wes Bain of Choctaw, OK; three grandchildren; T.J. (Heather) Alexander, Jamie (Todd) Tuttle, Billy Alexander (Fiancée Nicole Andre); six great-grandchildren, Madison, Gabrielle, Berkelee, Josie, Grace, and Jackson whom he affectionately called "Jackie Boy", along with nieces and nephews living in Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. He also lovingly called all of his boys "Sonny Boy". "Daddy Bill" as he was called by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was a loving, supporting and caring man to his family. We will miss that one eyebrow raised and his reference to himself as "Sweet William". A special Thank You to all the professionals at Springfield Regional Hospital (especially Dr. Najeeb Ahmed, nurses and staff of the ICU & E.R.) and Friends Care who cared for him these last few months. As you know, he would want you to "Take Care!" as he was always worried about everyone else more than himself. A private service will held Friday. Adkins Funeral Home, Enon, is assisting Bill's family with his final wishes. www.adkinsfunerals.com
Adkins Funeral Home
7055 Dayton Road Enon, OH 45323
Published in Springfield News-Sun on Feb. 13, 2014