WILLIAM R. “BILL” ELSASS, age 72
of Anna, died on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:49 P.M. at the Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio. He was born on March 10, 1946 in Sidney, the son of the late Richard K. and Marie R. (Tangeman) Elsass. On February 27, 1965 he married Bonnie Quellhorst, and she survives in Anna. Also surviving are his children: Mark (Lori Egbert) Elsass, Mrs. William (Melissa) Wells, and Mrs. Ted (Monica) Berning all of Anna, his fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren (with four more on the way), and his sister Mrs. Stanley (Dorothy) Fogt of Sidney. Along with his parents, Bill was preceded in death by five great-grandchildren.
Bill was a 1964 graduate of Anna High School. He was a life-long member of Immanuel Church in Kettlersville where he had served as an Elder and was a former Deacon. He was a member of the Anna District Historical Society, the Shelby County Farm Bureau, and was a 4-H Advisor for many years. He was a Dinsmore Township Trustee for 24 years, and he was also a Zoning Officer. Bill was a life-long farmer, living on the family farm his whole life. He owned and operated Elsass Fabrication for over 25 years.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at the Immanuel Church in Kettlersville, with Pastor Ed Rinehart officiating. Interment will follow in the Loramie Valley Cemetery near Botkins. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 3:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions in memory of Bill can be made to Immanuel Church, or the American Cancer Association. The Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen has been entrusted with the arrangements, and condolences to the family can be left online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.