William C. "Bill" Karcher, 77, of Sandusky, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was unexpectedly called home to be with the Lord early Sunday evening, Feb. 24, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Main Campus, Sandusky.
He was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Toledo. He managed and later owned and operated Bazley Meat Market for nearly 20 years. He then went on to work at GMC (division of General Motors) in Mansfield, where he worked for 12 years. After retiring, he went to work at Cedar Point Amusement Park in the woodworking shop and volunteered at Ohio Veterans Home. He loved his family and grandchildren with whom he especially loved playing pool. Bill enjoyed traveling with his loving wife Mary and his family, playing cards, bingo and woodworking.
He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he was a greeter, usher and had worked at the Parish Festival.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary E. (Oberly) Karcher, who he married Nov. 23, 1950; son, Thomas W. Karcher of Sandusky; four daughters, Kathy E. (Ronald) Baum of Bay View, Ann Marie (John) Arnold, Diana L. (Robert) Scheck, both of Sandusky, and Nancy J. Christian of Castalia; 10 grandchildren, Teresa, Michelle, Ronnie, Michael, Justin, Nathan, Amy, Brian, Heather and Rachel; four great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Torien, Kaitlyn and Kaidyn; brother, Richard (Garland) Karcher of Fostoria; three sisters, Patricia (Wilbur) Lauzau of Strongsville, Ohio, and Barbara (Dallas) Nye and Janet Kirian-McCarty, both of Fostoria; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William and Bernadette M. (Urschalitz) Karcher.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Prayers will be recited at 9:40 a.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Marty Nassr will officiate. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.