William Nelson Heath

Born: Wed., Mar. 25, 1925
Died: Sat., Jun. 16, 2012

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William Nelson Heath, 87, Sidney, Ohio died at the Pavilion Nursing Home on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM. He was born march 25, 1925 in Mendon, Ohio the son of James M. and Ruth (Nelson) Heath who are deceased. He grew up on a farm in the Mendon area with his two brothers, James and Roger. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he studied for his Bachelor's Degree at the Ohio State University where he met his wife Muriel Evelyn Morton. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year. After graduation, he taught and coached in Mendon and Carey, Ohio. He later returned to Ohio State to complete a Master's Degree and moved to Sidney in the early 1960's as Coordinator of Guidance for Sidney City Schools. William's varied interests and contributions included being very active in the Sidney First United Methodist Church and holding offices in the State and National Education Association. At the church he started the Men's Choir and was also active in the chancel choir among many other activities at the church. He had been the President of the Western Ohio Education Association at one time and also on the National Education Resolution Committee Association. He loved sports, especially college basketball. Also canoeing, riding his motorcycle throughout the United States and Canada, and traveling to South America several times. He enjoyed theatre, reveled in discussing politics and current events, was a talented carpenter, horseman and generous to a fault with his resources and time. Innumerable people benefited from his extensive service, however, none more than his family. He was instrumental in the founding of the Shelby County Mental Health Clinic. He is survived by his wife Muriel of Sidney, daughter, Jill Heath of Columbus, Ohio and son, Bruce Allan of Charleston, South Carolina and one grandson, Christopher James Heath of Sidney. He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Roger and son, Bill (Hector) Heath. William was a man who never quit. His life and contributions impacted countless people. No doubt the Lord greeted him with, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.' (Matthew 25:21) Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Sidney First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Chivington. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery, Mendon, Ohio. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 AM until the hour of the service on Saturday. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpha Center, 330 E. Court St., Sidney, Ohio 45365 or the Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Condolences may be expressed to the Heath family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com

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Shearl and Lois

Bill's passing for us is like losing a member of the family. As Crescent next-door neighbors,, we laughed together, we cared for our cats together, we partied together, we played games together, we got lost in Florida and Detroit together, we attended plays together, we argued sports, politics and religion together...but most importantly we loved eah other with the intensity of friends of loong standing. It is not enough to say, "We will miss him." He was one of us. His passing is a loss to everyone. --Shearl and Lois

Suzy Pepple

To Dear, Dear Muriel, Jill and Bruce my love and prayers are upon you at this time. The many fond and loving memories will of course be a great comfort but also know how many have embraced Bill's enthusiasm for life and his many, many talents and gifts. God blessed him numerously. My loving thoughts hold you dearly and tenderly, knowing God is loving you and knowing you.....and holding you.

Polly and Daniel Boone

My dears, I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing and just want you all to know how much Dan and I are thinking of you. I know that Bill and Bill ( Hector) are together and enjoying each others company. They are both missed by us. God Bless you all.

Carl Watkins

I have fond memories of Mr. Heath from Sidney High School and was proud to have had him hand me my diploma when I graduated. Bill was a very caring and dedicated individual

Donna Johns

Jill and Bruce, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, I loved him so much and enjoyed working with him all those years. I thought about him all day yesterday and remembered all the good times we shared together. He was a special person and loved his family so much. He talked about the two of you alot and you were so special in his life. My heart goes out to you and will always remember him as a "special person" in my life that I was privileged to know.

Karen Montgomery

Dear Jill, Muriel, and Family. I just received the email from Carol B. with the news of Bill's passing. Such sad news--so many of the Good Ones are slowly disappearing. I was hoping to drive to Sidney soon and look around --hopefully the town has remained as I remember it. The Heaths have been on my mind a lot since my mother died. I think her passing reminded me of how close your family was and also of all the great times we had together through the years, often in that neat little house on Crescent Drive. I'm hoping to be in Sidney on Saturday to reminisce with old friends and say good by to Bill (who is probably having a beer or two with Weadock right about now.) Do you suppose they have come up with a plan to smuggle his motorcycle into Heaven? Love to you all, Karen (and Bill)

Donna Bulle Slagle

Jill and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, it's never easy to lose a loved one. I'm sure he was welcomed right into heaven. My prayers are with you. Donna

Jill (Steenrod) Peters

Dear Jill, I was so sorry to read in the Dayton Daily News about your father's passing. I remember him fondly from Tar Hollow Camp days. I had heard from someone I used to work with at the Sidney Library that you were back at OSU (her sister worked with you, I believe). I've thought about getting in touch with you many times. I get to Columbus occasionally; maybe we could get together. I hope you and your family are doing ok in this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jill

Marlin and Brenda Shamblin

Dearest Muriel, Jill and Bruce, We too are so saddened by Bill's passing. He was a wonderful friend, dedicated colleague, hard-working church member, faithful Sidneyite and so many other good things. We cherish many great memories of fun times with him and Muriel. He is no longer suffering and at last is at peace, without pain or sorrow. May you take comfort in knowing that you were so faithful in caring for him and doing the very best you could. The days ahead will be difficult and lonely without him but we're sure that you have many touching memories of better times that will sustain you. With love, Marlin and Brenda

Donna Dugan Jackson

To Mrs. Heath, Bruce and Jill, I am so sorry for your great loss. Perhaps soon you can be comforted by the thought that Mr. Health and Bill are together. You are a strong and honorable family and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Warm Regards, Donna

Lew and Judy

Bruce,, Muriel and Jill, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He struggled the last segment but enjoyed such a full and productive life throughout. He had so many proud moments and most definitely "made a difference". We have many fond positive memories of Bill and his family. Bill was a leader and man of GOD. GOD bless Bill.

Charlotte (Davis) Dulaney

Dear Mrs. Heath, Jill and Family: I was saddened to hear of Mr. Heath's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of him as a counselor at school. My fondest memories of him are as the advisor to the 4-H club. He touched many lives, including mine. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. God bless.

michael jones

good guidance conseler. rip in peace