MENDON, Ohio — William N. Snider, 70, of Mendon, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Born Oct. 1, 1943, in Celina, he was the son of Lyle and Esther (Webb) Snider. His mother preceded him in death, and his father survives in Mendon.

Bill married Caral G. Welker on Aug. 29, 1964, and she survives in Mendon. Also surviving are their two sons: Kelly (Amy) Snider of Englewood and Jeff Snider of Mendon, and four grandchildren: Matthew, Michael, Zachary and Mark Snider.

Also surviving are a brother: Gary (Joan) Snider of Celina, a sister: Brenda (Eugene) Hicks of Mendon, a brother-in-law: Eric (Bonita) Welker of Mendon and two sisters-in-law: June (Gordon) Gingrich of Grand Haven, Mich., and Jane Amstutz of Florida.

Preceding him in death was a son: Mark D. Snider, who died in 1998, and his parents-in-law: Lowell and Eleanor Welker.

Bill was a 1961 graduate of Mendon Union High School. He had worked at Teledyne Ohio Steel in Lima for 24 1/2 years, and Trim Trends in Spencerville.

He retired from the village of Mendon, after working for 10 years as the utilities superintendent. Bill was currently serving as mayor of the village, and had been president of the town council for several years, and also served on the Board of Public Affairs.

At the age of 25, Bill was the youngest fire chief in the state of Ohio, a position he held for 28 years. Bill served with the Mendon Union Fire Department for a total of 50 years, and was also a volunteer with the Mendon EMS for 15 years.

He was a member of Mendon United Methodist Church, and had served as church treasurer.

Bill was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He was a gun collector, and enjoyed hunting and trapshooting. He was a trustee for the Mercer County Sportsmen’s Association. He also collected model trains.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3 at Mendon United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Donald Clinger officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery. A meal will be held following the services at the church.

Visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 and an hour before time of services on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for The Sanctuary Fund at Mendon United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Mendon.