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William Nelson Heath

March 25, 1925 ~ June 16, 2012 (age 87)
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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