John William “Bill” Elvin, III, of New Philadelphia, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia after a brief illness. A child of the late John William “Will” Elvin, Jr. and Mabel Gertrude (Baker) Elvin Armstrong, along with his sisters, Frances Ripley and Betty Brinkman, he was born in Dennison on July 21, 1926.
Bill was a graduate of Uhrichsville High School in the class of 1944. While in high school, he played basketball and track, was named All-Ohio in football, and was elected an officer of his class. He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in the Phillipines and Japan as a combat engineer. A hard worker throughout his life, Bill spent the summers of his youth working in the local claypipe industry with his stepfather, Charles Armstrong. After his honorable discharge from the army, he worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad as a Lineman from 1948 to 1953, followed by a long career with GTE, retiring as a Senior Lineman in 1989. He, along with fellow linemen, helped to construct the first television cable lines in the local area. While at GTE, he enjoyed working with his son, John, for over 22 years.
With the exception of the years of his military service, he was a resident of Tuscarawas County throughout his life and was exceptionally active in his community. He always enjoyed volunteering with activities in which his children participated, such as constructing the Little League field at Uhrichsville Park, coaching minor league teams while his son, Matt, played and helping coach all sports teams in elementary and high school. He served as an officer in the P.T.A. and, along with his wife, was active in the Quaker Band Boosters. He was also active in professional organizations, helping to organize the creation of the Credit Union for General Telephone in the late 50’s and holding several officer positions over the years with the Credit Union, as well as with CWA local #4385 and on the local Tuscarawas Labor Council. Bill will also be remembered for his work with the Boy Scouts when his sons were in scouting, having served as a Weeblo Instructor. Bill loved volunteering with his wife, Jane, for her many causes including being among the first volunteers for the Tuscarawas County Community Hospice. In his spare time, Bill loved playing baseball and played Class A baseball for Edgefield Tavern in the late 40’s and 50’s, as well as fast-pitch softball for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a renowned catcher in Tuscarawas County.
On June 27, 1948, Bill married the love of his life, the former Jane Eileen McCord, in Dennison First Presbyterian Church. They enjoyed nearly sixty years of marriage together until her passing on March 31, 2008 and were blessed with three children, John W. (Susan) Elvin, Matthew R. (Mary, deceased) Elvin and Cassandra J. Elvin (Judee); four grandchildren, Carissa (Wil) Wertz, Matthew (Lori) Elvin, Mark Elvin and Michael Elvin; and seven great- grandchildren, Harrison, Foster, Halie, Alyssa, Blayde, Miranda and Mackenzie.
Friends are invited to call at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19. His family will hold a celebration of his life and memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, in the funeral home with interment following in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery beside his beloved wife. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Starlight Enterprises, 638 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 and Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.