Obituary for William “Bill” Lewis Highsmith

Written by on October 15, 2021

William “Bill” Lewis Highsmith, 64, of Dunkirk, Ohio, passed away on October 14, 2021 with his loving wife next to him at Bridge Hospice in Findlay, OH. He was born on March 6, 1957 in Kalamazoo, MI, to the late Lewis and Cora (Summers) Highsmith. On November 11, 2016 he married Annette Highsmith and she survives him. They spent 9 wonderful years together.

Bill first married to Rhonda (Braden) Aldred and had two sons, Levi Highsmith of Michigan and Joshua (Lacey Warren) Highsmith  of Grand Rapids, MI, his sons survive him. Also surviving are his step-daughters Christina Wellmerling of Dunkirk, Ohio, Nicolle (Ryan) Grindell of Forest, Ohio, Laura (Dustin) Herr of Forest, Ohio and Amy Wellmerling of Dunkirk, Ohio. Bill is survived by his brothers Jack (Linda) DeCamp of Fruitport, MI and Donald (Carolyn) DeCamp of Morresville, IN along with sisters Amy (Judd DeHaan) Highsmith-Young of Kalamazoo, MI, Lugreta (Owyn) DeCamp-Waggy of Hurlingen, TX and Mary Ann (Larry) DeCamp-First of Brevort, MI. Bill was also blessed with 11 grandchildren.

Bill is preceded in death by his brothers George DeCamp, David DeCamp and sisters Peggy Highsmith-Clayton and Betty Highsmith-Burl.

Bill was a carpenter by trade, that could create any project he was given. Most recently Bill worked in maintenance for an apartment complex. He was known as a jack of all trades, having many different types of employment over his life and working hard since his first job milking cows at age 13.

When he was not working, Bill enjoyed fishing with his sons. They were the light of his life. He will be remembered for his loving and patient personality. Bill was a guy that would help anyone. He is also remembered for his patriotism, with his goal of giving everyone with a tattered flag, a new one. Bill and his wife spent many nights together, driving around trying to get lost and just enjoying their time together. He was a true gentleman and loved his wife more than anything else in the world. Bill will be missed by his wife, family and all that knew and loved him.

Arrangements are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay, Ohio and will be private. 

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