William is survived by his children; Lawrence Barber, Marcia Bradshaw, Charles Caywood and Jerry (Kathy) Caywood. He has 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Ella M. Caywood (nee Blackert) and his infant daughter, Cheryl. He has many other family members in California, Idaho, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and New Hampshire.
Bill was born in Columbus, Ohio on January 31st 1925, but grew up in Caywood OH near Marietta until he moved to Wellington in 1941. He has been a resident of Wakeman since 1983.
After he graduated from Camden High School in 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy Armed Guard where he served in World War II and received the American Campaign Medal, European/African I Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal. The Russians also presented him with 2 commemorative medals for his participation on 2 convoys (Suicide Runs) to Murmansk, Russia.
Bill is a survivor of the Roger Blough Freighter fire at the Lorain Shipyard on June 24th, 1971. When the shipyard closed, he worked for Watson's Hardware in Oberlin until he retired in 1985.
He was a scout leader and the coach of the Camden Cardinals Little League Team, better known as "F Troop" for many years. He is a Lifetime member of The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry and the Wellington VFW Post 6941.
Often, he could be found in the evenings playing baseball or football with the neighborhood kids. He was also the bass and harmonica player with the "Camden Fiddlers" family band. He was well known for his green thumb and had some of the most amazing flower gardens.
When his wife Ella was in a rest home for 6 years, he dutifully and lovingly visited her every day... even when she did not recognize him because of her advanced Alzheimer's.
Friends may call on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper Street, Wakeman, where services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00. Pastors Larry Nocella and Cal Searles will be officiating. Burial will follow at Wakeman Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com
The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Stein Hospice.