2008-03-05 / Obituaries

William W. Hollingshead

William "Bill" W. Hollingshead, 81, of West Unity, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in the Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers, Bryan.

He was born June 25, 1926 in the family home in Napoleon, Ohio to Alta (Durham) and E.P. "Pat" Hollingshead. He resided in Archbold as a four-year-old, until his graduation from high school in 1944.

He married Mary E. Stauffer on July 1, 1951, and she resides in West Unity.

During his high school, he lettered in basketball, baseball, and track, breaking Fulton County records in the 220-yard dash, the discus, and the shot put. He enrolled at the Ohio State University to become a coach in athletics. His athletic talents were noticed and he became a member of the OSU track squad, and was the anchor man in the mile relay team.

His college education was interrupted, and he was drafted into the US Army Air Corp during WWII. In 1947 he returned to OSU and graduated.

In 1948 he graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. In 1950, he began working for the family business, the Hollingshead Funeral Home, and by 1966, he became the sole proprietor, retiring in 2001. He was also a substitute postal employee of Route 2 West Unity.

Bill was a member of the West Unity Methodist Church, along with being a choir member, and past Sunday school superintendent; past president of the B.I.C. Corporation of West Unity; past board member of the Montpelier Hospital; and later, one of the founding members of the board for the Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers from 1986- 2001.

He was a member of the West Unity Lions Club, the Superior Lodge #179 F&AM of West Unity, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Zenobia Temple Shrine of Toledo, and the Northwest Shriners Club & St. George Commandrey 76 Knight Templar.

He was also on the West Unity Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

He was a West Unity Village Council member from 1952-1957, the Millcreek-West Unity Area Foundation, and Millcreek-West Unity School Board from 1964- 1967, and the Hilltop High School Athletic Boosters.

He was on the Farmers & Merchants State Bank advisory board from 1981-1998; a past Boy Scout Master; coached little league and pony league, and helped installed the lights at the Memorial Park in West Unity.

He belonged to the Ohio State University Varsity "O" Association and the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity; Ohio and National Funeral Directors Assoc.; The American Legion Post #669 of West Unity; Community Reinvestment Area Council; and chairman of the West Unity Egg-N-Fest parade.

Bill was one of the founders of the West Unity Minute Men. He authored his autobiography in a book, "Lucky Bill," published in 2005. He was the first member inducted into the Archbold High School Athletics Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2004. In 1998, he was the West Unity "Citizen of the Year."

Surviving, in addition to Mary, his wife of 56 years, are one son, Wynn (wife, Judy) Hollingshead of Dublin, Ohio; one daughter, Laura Kutzli of Wauseon; one grandson, Joshua Hinkle of Toledo; two brothers, Pat Hollingshead, Jr. of Urbanna, and Ralph Hollingshead of West Unity; one sister, Bette Manner of Tequesta, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death, in addition to his parents, were one brother, Donald Hollingshead and three sisters, Geraldine Funkhouser, Marion Spiess, and Bernadine Weber.

Masonic Services were Sunday conducted by the Superior Lodge #179 F&AM of West Unity at the Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home in West Unity.

Funeral services were Monday in the West Unity United Methodist Church. Officiating the services were Rev. Ruth Ann Scoby. Burial was in the Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity.

Memorials may be made to the Millcreek-West Unity High School scholarship fund in his name.

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