Funeral services for William J. Wollenburg, 77, of Newark, will be held at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 13, 2009 with Fr. Jonathan Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Wilson Cemetery. Following the graveside services, a reception will be held at the Rockwell Union Hall, 32 Licking View Drive, Heath, Ohio.
Bill died at The Ohio State University Medical Center on Friday, March 13, 2009. He was born in Junction City on March 15, 1931, the late Joseph and Nora (McFarland) Wollenburg.
Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Hartman) Wollenburg, of the home; his sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Tease Wollenburg of Newark, and Vince and Sharon Wollenburg of Newark; his grandchildren, Gavin, Sasha, Dexter, Caroline, and Billy; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnnie, Jim, and Gene.
Bill worked at Rockwell and was president of the Local UAW 1037. He was appointed to the International UAW staff where he then represented the workers at 15 different plants. He was a champion for the working man.
Bill excelled in
sports and played baseball, basketball, and football at New Lexington
High School, where his basketball team made it to the state semi-finals.
Bill was all Ohio second team in basketball his senior year. Bill played
professional minor league baseball and played both baseball and basketball
while in the Army. Bill was inducted into both the New Lexington High
School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Perry County Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill enjoyed playing golf and traveling with his wife Barbara in their motor home during the winter months. Bill could always be found watching his grandchildren at sporting events. They loved his support and encouragement. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Friends and family may call from 1-3 and 6-8 P.M. on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark.
For an online guestbook, please visit www.reedegan.com.