July 26, 1926
May 10, 2012
Billy O. “Bill” Eley, 85, of Haines City, Fla., and formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:14 a.m. Thursday at the Winterhaven Hospital in Florida after a 6-year kidney ailment.
He was born July 26, 1926, in Lima to Edgar and Naomi (Hasting) Eley.
On June 28, 1952, he married Phyllis Ann Faurot, who survives in Florida.
Other survivors include daughter Kayleen (Bev) Vance of Columbus and formerly of Wapak; granddaughter Laura Ann (Robert) Standish of Harrison, Tenn.; grandson Kevin Allen Vance of Columbus; great-grandson Conner Standish; sisters Betty (Andy) Kiser of Estero, Fla., and Mary (Bob) Henne of Fort Myers, Fla.; and sister-in-law Grace Faurot of New Knoxville.
Mr. Eley had lived in Lima, Cridersville and Spencerville before moving to Florida in 2000. After graduating from Cridersville High School in 1944, he served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he enrolled in the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science and did his apprenticeship under Walter E. Bayliff at the Bayliff Funeral Home in Cridersville. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 60 years, received a 50 year commendation from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 2000, worked at Ohio Decorative Products and Flexible Foam Products in Spencerville for 36 years and after his retirement, worked at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral home for 13 more years before moving to Florida and worked at Universal Studios Orlando Resort for five years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Spencerville, a 60-year member and past master of Acadia Lodge 306, F&AM, 60-year member and past high priest of Spencerville chapter 169 RAM, of which he was secretary for several years and received the distinguished service award from the grand chapter of RAM of Ohio, Delphos Council 72 of R&SM, Ivanhoe Commandary 54 KT of Van Wert and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Toledo 50 year member in 2005.
Services begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, the Rev. Jan Johnson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Maplewood Cemetery, east of Spencerville.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, when Masonic rites will be conducted and the funeral will follow. Veterans rites will also be conducted at the funeral home.
Memorials are to the Acadia Lodge or Trinity Church memorial funds.