William N. Gertz

HAMBDEN TWP. – William N. Gertz, age 93, a resident of Hambden Township since 1953, died March 26, 2021, in Chardon.

Born March 15, 1928, in Cleveland, to Norman and Dorothy (nee Hinske) Gertz, Bill was the husband of the late Jean (nee Milford), whom he married June 21, 1952. He is father of Norm (Heidi) Gertz, Paul (Linda) Gertz, both of Hambden, and Joanne (Greg) Schumacher, of Zebulon, N.C.

He also is survived by his grandchildren, Melanie (Joe) Hines, Natalie (Steve) Gertz-Young, Elizabeth Gertz, Ryan Gertz, Heidi (Steven) Preddy, Clay (Justine) Schumacher; and great-grandchildren, Parker Frank, Evelyn Schumacher and Andrew Hines.

Bill graduated from Brush High School in 1946 and was a member of the Brush Athletic Hall of Fame.

He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1946-47 in the Asiatic Pacific Area (China), obtaining the rank of Corporal.

After faithfully serving his country, he graduated from Hiram College and started a 39-year career with the R. W. Sidley Co., retiring as the assistant to the president.

Bill loved gardening, fishing and vacationing with his family in Canada. He served his community as a Hambden Township Trustee and a park commissioner for the Geauga Park District, and was an active member of Hambden Congregational Church and a member of The Great Geauga County Fair Board and the American Legion.

Private family services were held.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Western Reserve for their care. They are especially grateful to the staff and residents of Thistle House for providing a safe, loving and caring home for Bill over the last several months.

Family suggests donations to the Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Highway, Chardon, OH 44024.

Arrangements made by Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.

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