ƒWilliam A Lavelle
1925 - 2016
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ATHENS- William A. Lavelle of Athens, Ohio died May 15, 2016. He was born January 18, 1925 on Franklin Avenue to Francis A. Lavelle and Elizabeth "Belle" Schloss Lavelle. Bill was the second of six children, and the oldest son; as he used to say, in his family "every other boy was a girl." The family moved to a farm on what is now Fisher Road a few years later, where Bill and his brothers operated the Lavelle Brothers Dairy Farm while growing up.
After graduation from high school, Bill served in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry Division in both theatres of World War II. Upon his return, he graduated from Ohio University and then completed law school at Ohio State University in Columbus. Bill opened his law office in 1952 on Court Street; his sister Kathleen Lavelle Shamel was his first secretary. He practiced law in Athens for sixty years. Bill married Marion H. Yanity in 1954 and they had four children: Francis A. "Frank" (Jean Ann) Lavelle of Athens, John P. (Lora) Lavelle of New Marshfield, Ohio, Lydia E. (Alicia Stemper) Lavelle of Carrboro, North Carolina, and Amy M. Lavelle (David) McCualsky (David) of Athens, Ohio. After the death of his first wife, Bill married Ann Channell Olsen in 2002. Ann passed away in 2012.
Throughout his career, Bill was active in the legal profession. He served as Solicitor for several villages in Athens County, and was Chair of the Ohio Personnel Board of Review from 1982-1990. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association's Council of Delegates from 1986-1989, and in 1989 was elected to its Board of Governors for a three year term. In 1990, Bill was elected as Judge of the Athens County Common Pleas Court, Probate/Juvenile Division. In 1991, he was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, an affiliate of the Ohio State Bar Association. In 1993, he was elected Chairman of that Board. After retirement as judge, he practiced law part-time.
Bill was also very active in the Democratic Party. He was fortunate to meet Mass. Senator John F. Kennedy at the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and served as his campaign coordinator in southern Ohio for his 1960 presidential campaign. Bill served as chair of the Athens County Democratic Party and went on to become the Democratic State Chairman of Ohio under Governor John J. Gillligan from 1970-74. Afterward, Bill served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. He was a delegate at six Democratic National Conventions; uniquely, he was a delegate for Al Gore at the 2000 convention in Los Angeles, California in the same city where he served as a delegate for John Kennedy forty years earlier.
Bill served on numerous public and civic boards, commissions and committees, including the Ohio University Board of Trustees, serving as chair from 1975-1981, and the Athens County Board of Elections. He was a life-long member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where he was a choir member for over forty years. Bill was a horse lover, and for many years he raised, showed and rode Tennessee Walking Horses. Bill had a rich, fulfilling life of 91 years. He always saw the glass as "half full." He leaves a wonderful legacy for his family.
In addition to Marion and Ann, Bill was predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth Lavelle Mulvaney, Kathleen Lavelle Shamel and Therese Lavelle Skinner, and his brother Phillip F. Lavelle. Survivors include his youngest sibling, John J. "Jug" (Mary Lou) Lavelle of Athens; his grandson, William H. "Billy" Lavelle of Athens; step-grandchildren Ryan (Melissa), Caleb (Kara) and Adrienne Tevis; Riley Hutchison and Avery Stemper; Randi Olsen, Kelsey Kiser and Karl Kiser; step-children Kurt (Margot) Olsen and Kristin (Bill) Kiser; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Additional survivors- a step-great-granddaughter, Emerson Tevis; a sister in law, Mary June Lavelle and brother in law, Donald Skinner. Additional survivors- a step-great-granddaughter, Emerson Tevis; a sister in law, Mary June Lavelle and brother in law, Donald Skinner.
Calling hours will be held at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home, Athens on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Mill & College Sts., Athens, on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Following burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, a reception will be held in the lower level of St. Paul's Church. Military Rites will be conducted by K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, VFW Post 3477, VFW Post 9893 Honor Guards at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Athens Foundation, P. O. Box 366, Athens, Ohio 45701. The Athens Foundation is a philanthropic community foundation; one of its founders was Marion Lavelle. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Athens NEWS from May 16 to Jun. 15, 2016.
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May 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May you receive strength and comfort from God. "He will make you firm, He will make you strong, He will firmly ground you". 1Peter 5:10
June 1, 2016
RIP
Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
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June 1, 2016
WWII Memorial
Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
"ONE OF"
Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
86th.INF.
Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
Pacific Theatre
Herb USMC
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European Theatre
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Herb USMC
June 1, 2016
God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU for your service in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today. I treasure the freedoms for which YOU fought,William.... And Semper Fi.
Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC
May 27, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."
May 25, 2016
Deepest sympathy to the family


The Federated Democratic Women of Ohio
May 25, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort hear your heart-broken prayers and provide you with much needed comfort during the difficult days and weeks ahead (Isaiah 42:10).
Krystal DB
May 25, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that Jer. 29: 11,12 will bring you some comfort during this difficult time.
May 21, 2016
I have known the Lavelle family all my life. I remember admiring Bill and his wife Marion and their family when I would see them in church when I was a teen. My family lived in a house on Lavelle Rd. outside Athens that had belonged to some of Bill's family. Ann Chandler Olsen was a cousin on my late father--in-law. Bill's passing is a loss to many. I am so sorry. He will be missed.
Harriet Ervin Wharton
May 21, 2016
We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as you remember and celebrate his life.
Mike and Debbie Brawley
May 21, 2016
So sorry for your loss.
Fred Kight
May 20, 2016
To Bill Lavelle's Family from Lorraine and Frank Myers, We lived as happy neighbors for many years. Bill loved working in the yard and we often stopped and visited when his schedule permitted.
Frank and Lorraine Myers
May 20, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences to John, Frank and the entire family.
George McCarthy
May 20, 2016
Our deepest condolences to all of Bill's family. Bill was one of a kind. His intellect, his story telling, his sense of humor, and his graciousness are all to be admired. We have truly enjoyed being included in the family gatherings - Thanksgiving and other special events - all of which evoke wonderful memories. Our deepest sympathies, and our love, to all of you.
-- Jean and Susan Tippett
Susan Tippett
May 20, 2016
Frank and family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
With deepest sympathy,
Steve and Laurie McKnight
Laurie Gribble-McKnight
May 20, 2016
Thinking of all of you and wishing peace and comfort as you remember Bill. I'm glad to have worked for such a remarkable man and firm years ago.

With deepest sympathy,
Bonnie Behm-Geddes
May 20, 2016
What a grand man! What a vibrant legacy. May his good deeds, generous public service, and obvious love of life live on in his children and grandchildren - and for many generations to come.

Condolences to the family.
Johnson Family
May 20, 2016
Nobody in our area ever did more to advance his profession and his principles through law and public service. A true giant of Athens County. My condolences to the family.
Patrick Lang
May 20, 2016
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. I just like many people have known Bill for many years. He was a great person, involved in many things.

I pray that the good Lord gives peace and sustains the family during this difficult time.
Barry Bolin
May 19, 2016
We send our thoughts, prayers, support, and love to Lydia and the rest of the family.
Spanky, Peggy, and Bob Wilson
Spanky Wilson
May 19, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."
May 19, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Craig and Sandi Mathews
May 19, 2016
Bill Lavelle was one of the greatest people I ever knew. I learned so much from him through the decades from politics to business. I feel so blessed to have known him and his family. He will be greatly missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family
Debbie Arnold
May 19, 2016
now dimmed is the light that once burned bright...so bright it illuminated a path that helped many move out of the shadows.

cousin franny
fran lavelle
May 19, 2016
John-

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May God bless and keep you always.
Karen Stalder
May 19, 2016
Cousins,

So sorry for you all! Your Father had a full life and touched a lot of people and those of us who were lucky enough to cross his path can be grateful for doing such. I will always remember the advice he gave me when I was young and can not thank him enough for it.

His presence will be missed but as long as we remember him he will always be around!

All the best to all of you,

Cousin Timmy
Tim Lavelle and Family
May 19, 2016
Amy and family,
With deepest sympathies on the passing of your father.
Roy Whitmore
May 18, 2016
To the very active LaVelle Family. We send our love,respect and appreciation to you all on behalf of your parents, recently Bill. So many activities among our families but How Kool for them as youngsters to Parade JFK around the area Stumping for him. And have him Win. And make his/their Impact and then Next?! So many more good things happened after. Always remember, It Runs in the Genes (Jeans) and the boots. Here is to Even More. The Kerrs
Kenny and Teri Kerr Family
May 18, 2016
William Lavelle was a pleasure to work with while I was a clerk at the Athens County Courthouse. He and my father in law played together as boys growing up in Athens. A man of many accomplishments. Our deepest sympathy to the Lavelle family.
Richard & Carol Starlin
May 18, 2016
John,
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. My mother ( Florabel Evener) thought very highly of your father, and considered him a trusted friend. God Bless you and your family..Debra Evener Guarneri
May 18, 2016
John, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Debra Evener Guarneri
May 17, 2016
Lydia, I'm sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Mary Wright
May 17, 2016
Lydia, your father was so great during the years as good Democrats worked to elect good people, locally and nationally. He was always considered a friend and an ally. I remember all your good
times with Lisa.

Your father will be well remembered. I am so sorry for your loss.

Fran Rowe, Austin, Texas
May 17, 2016
So sorry to hear the news of Mr. Lavelle's
passing. Knew Bill for many years, counted him as an honest and good friend. Prayers to the family.
Edward Foster
May 17, 2016
Our condolances, especially to our dear cousins Frank, John, Lydia, and Amy. I have many fond memories of our visits with Uncle Bill and Aunt Marion back in the 60's - 70's. He certainly had a very full and interesting life, and he leaves behind a great legacy.

Brian & Mary Mulvaney
Brian Mulvaney
May 17, 2016
Lydia,
The prayers of my family are with you and your family at this time.

Sincerely,
Brenda Gibson
May 17, 2016
Condolences to all of our Lavelle relatives on the death of Bill Lavelle.

"Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal."

My prayers for Bill as he enters eternal life. May he soon raise a toast in Heaven with all of those who got there before him.
David Barrett
May 17, 2016
Lydia,

I'm deeply sorry to learn of the loss of your father. I really enjoyed reading about his life's work, his numerous successes, and personal interests. I now see who you get your enthusiasm for public service from. The apple truly does not fall far from the tree!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Arminta and Geoff
Arminta Foushee
May 17, 2016
On behalf of the Mollica family, I would like to express our condolences to the Lavelle family for the loss of Bill. I have always admired Bill and how he conducted his life. Bill always had time to say hi to me, shake my hand and give me a big smile. Athens won't be the same without him! I hope your Faith, Family and your Friends will help you through this difficult time.

God Bless,
Tony Mollica and family.
Tony Mollica
May 17, 2016
Professor Lavelle, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tami Talmadge
May 17, 2016
It's a hard thing to lose a dad. Yours was a great one. He had a huge positive impact on our community. His dying just doesn't seem fair. I'm sorry for your hurt.
Will Tevis
May 17, 2016
Dear John,

So sorry to hear about your Dad. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Diana (Davidson) Burnette
May 16, 2016
Amy, Thinking of you, and your Dad. God bless you and all of your family. My prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy. Love Teresa (Yoho)Capers
Teresa Capers
May 16, 2016
I have treasured memories of riding across the big lawn with Bill (Lydia's dad) on one of those Tennessee Walkers, and visiting with Lyd when Bill had the short stay in the hospital cause one of the horses fell on him. He advised me once in a legal matter when I started college, and would always have great advice and a ready laugh. A very good man and fair in all his dealings, and cared for those who had less. He will be missed. Athens was a better place for his works.
Lisa D'Augustine
May 16, 2016
I am signing for my parents who are deceased. They were long time friends and neighbors, Benny and Leona Conant. Daughter....Bennita Conant
May 16, 2016
Lydia, May the love of friends and family carry you through. God bless you and your family.
Dianna Ganote
May 16, 2016
During the time of Ann's final illness, I spent many pleasant hours driving Bill for attentive and loving visits. He revealed a passion for history and politics, and regularly shared his pride in the achievements of his children and grandchildren. Among his endearing signatures: sweet tea; Blow Out All The Candles; and very loud, freshly-pressed US flag shirts on July 4th.
Kurt Olsen
May 16, 2016
Thinking of all my cousins and their families. Love you all so very much. Hugs, Kathy
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