Dr. William Merrick Semans, 84, Sandusky, died late Thursday evening, April 10, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center, following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Delaware, Ohio, the son of Dr. William Oliver and Grace (Williams) Semans. He was a graduate of Willis High School in Delaware and served in the U.S. Army 41st Division, 162nd Infantry, Medical Detachment, serving in the Pacific theater in World War II.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948, from Ohio Wesleyan University.
He then attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, earning his degree in 1952. He practiced general dentistry in Sandusky from graduation until his retirement in 2007.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky, where he was past member of Session and Trustees. Bill was a member of the Sandusky Jaycees and later received their Distinguished Service Award, member and past president of Sandusky Exchange Club, and Sandusky Yacht Club where he served as Fleet Surgeon. He was past president of YMCA Board, life member and past president of the Salvation Army Board, and charter member of the Erie Regional Planning Commission. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, as Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 5, past member of Executive Council of Firelands, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was a board member for the Sandusky Maritime Museum and Firelands Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, North Central Ohio Dental Society, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
His wife, the former Barbara Hall, whom he married June 30, 1951; son, Dr. William O. (Patti) Semans of Sandusky; daughter, Patricia (Tim) Semans Krein of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; grandsons, Matthew William and Andrew Merrick Krein; sister, Susie (Jerry) Kneubel of Worthington, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews, survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas B. Semans; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Semans.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First Presbyterian Church, 265 Jackson St., Sandusky; the Rev. Kimberly Secrist Ashby will officiate. Private committal services, with military honors, will be conducted in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Sandusky Maritime Museum; First Presbyterian Church, 265 Jackson Street, Sandusky, OH 44870; Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Firelands Symphony Orchestra, 334 E. Washington Street, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Heart of Ohio Council Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 368, Ashland, OH 44805.