William “Bill” W. Niebuhr-- Bill was born on July 8, 1928 in East Orange, NJ to John and Myrtle Niebuhr. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 9, 2018 after celebrating 90 years of life.
Bill lived life to the fullest. He spent his summers working on the Jersey Shore and was drafted into the Army in 1951. He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1956 after his Korean War tour. In 1958 he moved to Akron and married is wife, Marlene, on September 6. They had two wonderful children, Kenneth and Pamela.
Bill spent his entire career in the tire industry with General Tire. He traveled a lot, but always made time to take vacations as a family in the Volkswagen camper. He was a Cub Scout leader, a Girl Scout aide, member of the P.T.A., taught Junior Achievement, and chaperoned many trips for his son, daughter, and granddaughter, Melanie.
Bill loved visiting Melanie’s farm and talking to her about business, goals, and dreams. One of his most favorite hobbies was building model sailing ships and airplanes with his grandson, Andrew. You could also find him in the bleachers watching a sporting event and especially loved seeing granddaughter, Gina, at gymnastics or volleyball. He was an active member of KWVA 138 and one of his greatest memories was being selected for the Honor Flight in 2015. He also spent time playing with his grand-dogs, white water rafting, using his label maker, and simply loving life. Bill just enjoyed sharing his wisdom, smile and witty humor. He touched the lives of many people and was truly a one-in-a-million man.
He is preceded in death by his father John; mother Myrtle; sister, Velma; grandmother, Susan Wolfe; but most sadly of all, his daughter Pamela.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marlene; his son, Kenneth Niebuhr, wife Lana, and their children Andrew and Gina; his granddaughter Melanie Brunty and husband Jeff; brother in law Ken Brummert; brother and sister in law Jack and Jeanne Brummert; nephew Bruce Anderson; along with many (great) nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 12 from 4:00-7:00pm at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 14 at 10:00am at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow, Saturday, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Korean War Veterans, Akron Chapter 138, 690 W. Waterloo Road, Akron.