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William Richard Upton

Published: April 11, 2010 12:02 AM

ZANESVILLE -- William Richard Upton, 89, of Zanesville, passed away Saturday (April 3, 2010) at Summerville Inn at North Hills, with his family at his side.

William "Bill" Upton was born April 23, 1920, in Cambridge, to William Teutonic and Hazel Dell Hammond Upton.

Mr. Upton graduated from The Ohio State University in 1942, where he was also enrolled for four years in the Army ROTC program. He served honorably in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in the 957th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II. From his battalion landing in Normandy, France, on June 12, 1944, until the surrender of Germany in May of 1945, Bill experienced only 15 days out of combat in Europe -- winning the Bronze Star, the Word War II Victory Medal, and five battle stars, among others.

In 1946, Bill went to work for Mr. Hugh White, owner of White Chevrolet in Zanesville. At White's, he served as the business manager for seven years, then as general manager for 21 years. In 1975, he purchased the dealership but opted to keep the White's name. In 1986, he would sell the dealership to his son.

Bill was a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Lafayette Lodge 79, Zanesville; the Elks, life member; VFW Wakatomica Post, Frazeysburg; the American Legion; and Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church.

In life, Bill especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as playing golf, cribbage and telling a good joke with the "Meet Loaf" gang.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Dora Louise (Fulks), and sisters Marjorie Welch and Thelma Thomas.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen (Gary) Larrick; brother, Charles (Mary Alice) Upton; sister-in-law, Barbara (Bobbie) Freshwater; three daughters, Karen (Mervin) McCoy, Kathy (Curtis) Minger, Kristie Waltz; and son, W. Kevin (Beth) Upton.

His grandchildren are Michael (Caren) and Kelly McCoy, Bethany (Tom) Demidovich, Jay (Lisa) Green, Andy (Karen) Green, Brady (Lisa) Waltz, Kara Waltz, Katie Waltz, Ryan Waltz, and Will Upton. His great-grandchildren are Drew, Nic, Alex, Meghan, Ashley, Ethan, Emily, Garrett, Ian, Austin, David, Isaiah, and Kaelyn.

Funeral services were April 7, 2010, at the Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, Zanesville.

The Lafayette Lodge 79 had Masonic services.

The Rev. Clarence M. Dinnen officiated the services with burial in the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Zanesville. VFW George Selsam Post 1058 in conjunction with the U.S. Army, had full military services at the gravesite.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to, Genesis Hospice-Morrison House, 713 Forest Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701, or to the charity of one's choice.

To send the family a note of condolence: www.bolin-dierkesfuneralhome.com.

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