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William J. 'Bill' Shover

Reflector • Updated Aug 30, 2019 at 10:42 AM

BERLIN HEIGHTS — William J. “Bill” Shover, 87, Berlin Heights and most recently the Ohio Veterans Home, passed away Tuesday evening Aug. 27, 2019, in Stein Hospice Care Center after a brief illness.

Bill was born July 5, 1932, in Jackson, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran serving as a medic and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Berlin Heights, and also a member of the American Legion. He was actively involved in the Berlin Heights Basket Festival, and he enjoyed sports, especially the Cleveland Indians.

He was employed as a truck driver for Motor Express for over 30 years.

Upon returning from Korea, Bill met Judy Ortner and the two were married July 30, 1955. They moved to Berlin Heights in 1960 where they raised their three children, Mike (Dawn) Shover of Milan, Kathy (Mike) Old of Berlin Heights, and Chip (Olga) Shover of Berlin Heights.

In addition to his children, Bill is survived by honorary daughter, Teresa Lane of Berlin Heights; brothers, John “Bud” Shover of Huron, Ron Shover of Port Richey, Florida; sister, Margaret Haynes of Jackson, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Christie, Matt, Carrie, Tyler, Caylie, Carlie, Eli, Lily, and Stella; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Judy, in 2013; parents, John and Grace (Gray) Shover; three brothers, David, Bob and Paul; and a sister, Jean Fitzpatrick.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, until funeral services at 11 a.m., at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 5 E. Main St., Berlin Heights. The Rev. Casey Cain and Chaplain Mel Sayler will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Heights, where military honors will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to the Ohio Veterans Home Resident Fund, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting toftfuneralhome.com.

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