William R. “Bill” Crotser, 94, of Village of Timberlake, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020.
Born June 28, 1925 in Cleveland, he has lived in Timberlake for the past 62 years.
He was an active member of Shoregate United Methodist Church in Willowick since 1970 where he sang in the choir, played in the handbell choir (as one of the original ding-a-lings), belonged to the Men’s club, served on various committees and boards, and was the Church financial secretary for 25 years. He also had a lifelong association with Zion United Methodist Church on Kelleys Island, Ohio.
Mr. Crotser belonged to the Timberlake Men’s Club and was involved in many of the village activities. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9908 on Kelleys Island and was also an active member of the Masonic Order in Toledo prior to moving to Timberlake.
He began his Navy training in the V-12 program at Baldwin Wallace College, then served in the United States Navy as an Officer on a mine-sweeper. He returned to and graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with the class of 1949.
Mr. Crotser was a sales manager for Graybar Electric Company, retiring in 1989 after 38 years of service.
Survivors are his children, Conleth M. C. Crotser (Peter Crowley), Michele L. Crotser (Robert Bosau), Cheryl L. (Mark) Roberts, Sharon A. (M.H. Phillip) Chiang and Stuart F. Crotser (Deborah Colvenbach), and honorary Crotser, Suzanne Matheke; grandchildren, Noelle and Joshua (Jing Jing) Roberts, Brittany (Ronnie), Amani (Ariel), Serenity and Jabiri Crowley, Heather Bosau, Faith (Petar) and Eric (Caitlin) Chiang, Lyric (Jeff) and Parker Colvenbach, and their families; and several nieces and nephews, and their families.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Rosemary “Posie” Crotser on October 25, 1997 and his lady-friend of at least 12 years, Isabel A. Lee, who died on April 16, 2016. His parents, Edwin F. and Elsa L. (Schnittker) Crotser and sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, Mae, Ed and Tim Moulthrop, respectively, are also deceased.
He had a strong faith, a great love of family and friends, a wonderful sense of humor and fun, was an avid sports fan and a voracious reader. He often said his only regret was that he was born so good-looking and not rich.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on a later date at Shoregate United Methodist Church, once restrictions regarding gatherings amidst the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted. A separate burial ceremony will take place on Kelleys Island later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Shoregate United Methodist Church, 30500 Bayridge Boulevard, Willowick, OH 44095, Zion United Methodist Church, Kelleys Island, OH 43438, Kelleys Island VFW Post 9908, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, Inc. (in appreciation of the Mentor Team), PO Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192-0002.