William “Bill” Bader, 81

William “Bill” Bader, 81, of Rockford, passed away at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Laurels of Shane Hill.  

Bill was born on Dec. 19, 1932, to Edward and Florence (Martz) Bader in Liberty Township.  

Bill married Edith Bricher on Dec. 1, 1956, and she survives.  

He has been a lifelong resident of the Rockford area.  

He graduated from Rockford High School and started working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in St. Marys. He was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to Goodyear and was able to work there for 44 years until his retirement in 1995.

Bill was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Township, where he was a member of the dartball team for many years. He could be found at one of many baseball and softball fields in the area. He was not only an avid fan, but coached many young people in the fine art of baseball during their farm and little league careers. Bill loved to play as well as coach, participating in slow-pitch softball in the Celina and Willshire areas. He was a member of Rockford American Legion Post 508 and St. Marys Eagles 767.

Besides his wife, Edie, surviving are three sons and one daughter, Stan (Sue) Bader of Van Wert, Doug (Carolyn) Bader of St. Marys, Greg Bader of Rockford and Lori (Jeff) Helm of Ohio City.  

One son, Danny, is deceased.  

Also surviving is one sister, Carol (Orville) Eischen of Celina.  

Sisters Wanda Deitsch and Mary Bader and brothers Robert and Larry Bader preceded Bill in death.  

Bill was the loving grandfather of five grandchildren, Damian Helm, Haley Helm, Evan Bader, Lauren Coffey and Morgan Coffey.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Liberty Township, the Rev. Sharon Stonerock officiated.  

Burial took place in the church’s cemetery.  

Family and friends called from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and one hour prior to the service today at the church.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the Rockford Recreation Association.

Condolences may be expressed at KetchamRipley.com.