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Billy O. â€śBillâ€ť Eley, 85, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:14 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Winterhaven Hospital in Fla., following a six-year kidney ailment.
He was born July 26, 1926,, in Lima, the son of Naomi E. (Hasting) and Edgar C. Eley, who are deceased. On June 28, 1952, he married Phyllis Ann Faurot, who survives in Florida. He had lived in Lima, Cridersville and Spencerville until October 2000, when they moved to Florida.
He is also survived by a daughter; Kayleen (Bev) Vance, of Columbus, formerly of Wapakoneta; a granddaughter, Laura Ann (Robert) Standish, of Harrison, Tenn.; a grandson, Kevin Allen Vance, of Columbus; a great-grandson, Conner Standish; two sisters, Betty (Andy) Kiser, of Estero, Fla., and Mary (Bob) Henne, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Grace Faurot, of New Knoxville.
Bill was a 1944 graduate of Cridersville High School and then served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war he enrolled in the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. He worked at the Bayliff Funeral Home in Cridersville and served his apprenticeship under Walter E. Bayliff. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 60 years, receiving his 50 year commendation from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 2000. He had worked at the Ohio Decorative Products and Flexible Foam Products in Spencerville for 36 years, and upon his retirement there he worked at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville for 13 more years before moving to Florida. When in Florida, he worked at Orlandoâ€™s Universal Studios for five years.
He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Spencerville.
He was 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 a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Grand Chapter of RAM of Ohio; a member of the Delphos Council 72, R & SM; a member of Ivanhoe Commandary 54, KT of Van Wert and a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, 50-year member in 2005.
Services are at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. Jan Johnson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Maplewood Cemetery east of Spencerville.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, when Masonic Memorial Rites will be conducted.
Veterans military rites will follow the services at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Acadia Lodge or to the Trinity Church Memorial Funds.