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William Russell (Bill) Sherman

March 10, 1951 - March 13, 2012

Birthplace:Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Residence:Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Visitation:Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky
Service:March 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky
Cemetery: See obituary description.

William Russell “Bill” Sherman died peacefully at his residence on March 13, 2012; he had celebrated his 61st birthday surrounded by family and friends just days before. He was born on March 10, 1951 in Upper Sandusky to William D. and Dorotha Belle (Hottman) Sherman, who preceded him in death.

Bill is survived by his wife, Rene (Johnson) of Upper Sandusky and daughters Heather (Derek) Kuba, Dayton, Ohio and Sarah (Jen) Ryan of El Paso, Texas. He also leaves behind siblings Dianna Stauffer, Findlay, Ohio; Robert (Mary) Sherman of Davenport, Florida; and Charles (Rita) Sherman of Clearwater, Florida. Other family members include grandchildren Celeste, Lincoln, and Cameron Kuba, as well as his mother-in-law Jane Martin of Upper Sandusky and fathers-in-law Don Ebright of Findlay, Ohio and Larry Johnson of Marysville, Ohio.

A native of Upper Sandusky, Bill loved the community and its residents, who rallied to support him when he became ill. He graduated from USHS in 1969, and his classmates were a lifelong source of strength and camaraderie, especially in his final days. After graduation from high school, he enrolled at OSU where he was a fine arts major.

Bill was a quiet thinker with a dry sense of humor and a penchant for adventure and new experiences; his keen powers of observation made him an astute judge of character. He was a humble man who quietly supported various family and community causes. Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially at his Pt. Clinton bungalow, where he found solace and tranquility at the lake.

A skilled industrial mechanic, Bill was employed for many years at Engineered Wire Products in its maintenance department; he finished his professional experience working for Diamond Plastics in its maintenance shop. Over the course of his employment, Bill helped plan and work on the front lines of two major plant expansions at EWP. He developed an interest and aptitude working on construction and machinery as a child alongside his grandfather, Russell “Gus” Hottman.

Bill was a proud Harley Davidson owner and enjoyed exploring country roads on his cycle; he was part of the motorcade of thousands of bikes that escorted the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Upper Sandusky in 2005. He was also a member of the Wyandot County Classics and Cruisers and took great pleasure in helping plan and staff the group’s annual Autumn Cruise.

A Memorial Service for William Russell “Bill” Sherman will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:00pm at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky with the Rev. Ken Wessler officiating the services.

Visitation will also be held on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky.

It was Bill’s wish for his body to be donated to the University of Toledo Medical College.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wyandot Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Department, Emergency Department, or to Hospice of Wyandot County in care of the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351

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Date: March 17, 2012
From: Ron Miller <> of Nevada, Ohio  USA
Message: Rene, Jane and Family, Bill will be missed by all . Bill was a good father, friend and classmate.He is in peace with God, my Prayers are with you.


Date: March 17, 2012
From: Steven Moore <> of Carey, Ohio  USA
Message: Dear Rene: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Bill has been a friend since we were kids in High School and being College roommates brought with it many great and exciting times. Bill was always ready for a challenge especially if it related to automobiles or motorcycles. He will be sadly missed. God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Steven Moore.


Date: March 16, 2012
From: Sandy Haught <> of Saint Paris, OH  USA
Message: Heather and Family, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your friend and co-worker, Sandy Haught


Date: March 16, 2012
From: Lou Knapp <> of WPAFB, OH  USA
Message: Heather, thoughts and prayers are indeed coming your way.. that comfort and peace will be be with you in the coming days and weeks.


Date: March 16, 2012
From: Deckler Family <> of ,  USA


Date: March 16, 2012
From: Deckler Family <> of Upper Sandusky, OH  USA
Message: Rene the entire Deckler family sends you love and prayers and our sorrow. We are leaving for Kentucky today, Friday, and will be gone for a week therefore we will be unable to talk with you and Sarah. Please know you both are in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of Bill's family. Please tell Sarah hello and she is thought of often. Love and prayers ! Sandy :)


Date: March 15, 2012
From: Ken Heishman <> of weston, ohio  USA
Message: sorry to hear about bill I worked with him at Diamond Plastics.R.I.P.


Date: March 15, 2012
From: Michelle Swinehart <> of Upper Sandusky, OHIO  USA
Message: Rene, I was so sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Michelle


Date: March 15, 2012
From: Salley Carr <> of Frogmore, S. C. 29920, SC  USA
Message: Rene, Jane and family, You know my thoughts and prayers are with you always. He will be missed by all who knew him. Bill is at peace in the hands of God now. All my love, Salley


Date: March 14, 2012
From: Debb Hines <> of Upper Sandusky, Ohio  USA
Message: Renee, I am so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I'm sure it has left a large void in your heart. You have my deep sympathy and prayers. I remember Bill mostly from high school. He was always quiet...never wanted to be the center of attention. But his laugh made me smile because I knew he was enjoying what was happening. He was a good man then and always has been. God's peace be with you.


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