William L. 'Sharpie' Sharp, 65, of Crestline, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at his home after a 3 A½ year battle with cancer.
Bill was born in Crestline, on November 22, 1953 to the late Robert A. and Geneva D. (Garrett) Sharp.
Bill graduated from Crestline High School in the Class of 1972. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Crestline. Bill was the former Fire Chief and served The Village of Crestline for 34 years. Chief Sharp began his service on August 9th, 1976. He was promoted to Captain on April 30th, 1981. After being promoted to Captain he would later serve as the Assistant Fire Chief. He was promoted to Fire Chief on September 14th, 2006. Bill loved being a fireman. He was a member of the VFW Post 2920, Crestline. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a karate instructor for many years, and enjoyed hunting and hot rods. His favorite foods were Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and pumpkin pie. Bill loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by Aaron Dees, Crestline, whom he considered a son and raised him; his sister, Cara and Mike Blaising, Crestline, his brother, John and Hope Sharp, Mt. Gilead, his nieces and nephews; Tara & Rick Massie, Sherri and Mike Dyer, Rod and Michelle Blaising, Diana Sharp, Sara Sharp, great nieces and nephews; Nick Dyer, Drew Hoffer, Lauren Hoffer, Abby and Sam Blaising, his loyal friend to the end Randy Eldridge and his caregiver, Jean Kleinknecht.
Friends may call Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 410 North Thoman St., Crestline. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crestline, with Pastor Diana Seaman and Pastor Mike Corwin officiating. The eulogy for Bill will be given by Randy Eldridge. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline.
Memorial contributions may be made to The James Cancer Hospital & Research Institute of Columbus, and the Heartland Home Healthcare of Marion, in care of the funeral home.
The family would like to express a special thank you to everyone at The James Cancer Hospital and the Heartland Home Healthcare for their wonderful respect, care and concern for Bill during these past three years.
The Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 223 West Main St., Crestline is honored to serve the family of William L. "Sharpie" Sharp.
Those wishing to share a memory of Bill or to express a condolence to the Sharp family may do so by visiting www.masfh.com