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William E. "Bill" Sawmiller

October 14, 1927 ~ July 11, 2018 (age 90)

William E. “Bill” Sawmiller, 90, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday July 11, 2018 at Otterbein, St. Marys.

He was born in Auglaize County on October 14, 1927 to Alma W. & Nellie M. (Balthaser) Sawmiller who preceded him in death.  On April 22, 1950 he married Doris L. Burmeister and she passed away on November 30, 1997.

Survivors include five children; Kenn (Cindy) Sawmiller, Defiance, Gwen (Eric) Imwalle, St. Marys, Penny (Gerald) Gerber, Mt. Vernon, IA, Lynn (Cindy) Sawmiller, St. Marys, Diane Method, Wapakoneta; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister Ruth Loegel and three brothers John “Hank” Sawmiller, Forest “Frog” (June) Sawmiller and Gary (Janice) Sawmiller.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law; William “Bill” Method; a sister Sarah Harsh and a brother Carl “Bud” Sawmiller.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II.  He retired with over 50 years of service to the St. Marys City Schools as a buildings and grounds supervisor.  He enjoyed farming and working with cattle.  He also enjoyed woodworking with his grandchildren and had made a grandfather clock.  He especially loved ballroom dancing with his wife.  He was a member of the American Legion, Farm Bureau and St. Paul U.C.C., Wapakoneta where he served as a deacon and was very instrumental in refinishing the wooden doors and the steeple.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday July 16, 2018 at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta with Rev. Becky Sunday officiating.  Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Moulton with military rites being performed by V.F.W. Post 8445.  Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul U.C.C.

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