William F. Mattlage, 99, of Milan, died Thursday morning, Oct. 18, 2007, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, after a brief illness.
He was born July 1, 1908, in New York City. Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran having served his country during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant artillery officer in the South Pacific. He graduated from Syracuse University School of Forestry and then Case Western Reserve University with a degree in drafting and surveying. While attending Syracuse University, Bill worked summers for Western Electric and his first job out of college was with the U.S. Forestry Service as a forest ranger. Bill was a science teacher in Arkansas and at Milan High School.
He worked as a civil engineer for William Henkleman in Sandusky and for Richard E. Mutz in Norwalk until his retirement in 1988.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Norwalk, the Milan American Legion Post 527, the Erie Lodge 239, and the Kiwanis of Norwalk, the Edison Chapter of the Eastern Star 112 and the John Birch Society.
Bill is survived by a daughter, Lisa G. (Walter N.) Russell of Norwalk; a son, Stewart F. (Diane M.) Mattlage; grandchildren, Sara (Kevin) Ebel of Plover, Wis., Scott (Tracy) Mattlage of Norwalk, Lisa (Jack) Gadberry, Vickie (Tim) Jordan, Cindy (Eric) Andrews, Deb (Dusty) Mallow and Cherri (Jon) Vogel, all of Bellevue; a sister, Meigs Galow of Long Island, N.Y., and a sister-in-law, VirginaMattlage of Concord, N.H.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor (Haberling) Mattlage; his parents, William F. and Margrete (Kolmar) Mattlage; grandson, William Norris Russell; sister, Gertrude Ries; and brothers, Charles and Herbert Mattlage.
Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday in Groff Funeral Home, Milan Chapel, 1 South Main St., Milan. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, with The Rev. James McClainofficiating. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.