NEWARK — A graveside service for William J. “Bill” Earlewine, 88, of Newark will be held Wednesday at, 11 a.m. at South Lawn Cemetery, Utica, with Bruce Hissong officiating. Military honors will be provided by Licking County Veterans Alliance. At Bill’s request there will be no visitation.
Bill died July 13, 2013, at his home in Newark, Ohio. He was born Aug. 9, 1924, to Isaac and Mary (Good) Earlewine, and spent most of his life in Utica, Ohio, with several later years in his life living at the Johnstown Sportsman’s Club as caretaker before moving to Flint Ridge Village in 2012.
Bill lived with his parents, and sisters Betty, Carolyn and Julia, before graduating from high school. Following graduation, Bill joined the effort to fight World War II and received training as a medic in the Army, where he received a Bronze Star with three clusters signifying his valor in several hard fought campaigns throughout Europe. Upon returning home from the service, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Christine Smoots, and together they raised two daughters, Kathie and Marilyn, and eventually the family grew to include four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. To support his family, Bill worked several jobs around Utica before settling into a 30-year career with the Miller Co. followed by 10 years of service with the North Fork Local Schools.
Bill (sometimes known as “Ike”) always enjoyed working with people and was widely known throughout the Utica and Johnstown areas for his community service work with the Utica Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion, Utica Homecoming and Johnstown Sportsman Club where he recently led a successful fundraising drive to bring the traveling version of the Vietnam Wall Memorial to Johnstown. Bill was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Bill’s honor to your favorite local veterans organization.
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