DeNOON, William S., 75, of Bergholz, Ohio, passed away Aug. 29, 2012, at Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville.
He was born Nov. 26, 1936, in Brush Creek Township, a son of the late George and Bertha (Dowdell) DeNoon.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Georgia Shepard.
Bill grew up on a farm as a child. He had a vision of beginning a lumber business. He was hardworking and determined. He quit school at a young age and began pursuing his dream. His business, DeNoon Lumber, began in 1963 with only three employees and grew to over 120 employees over the course of 50 years. He added Clayco Dry Kiln in 1989. DeNoon Lumber is shipped all over the world daily.
Bill was a faithful member and an elder of the Faith Community Church of Bergholz. He served his country by being a member of the National Guard. He was a founding member of the Bergholz Community Foundation. His favorite hobbies included golf, fast cars, his love for his dogs and spending winters in Florida. Bill was the first Man of the Year in Bergholz.
Among Bill's many accomplishments, he cared for his employees and his community. He supported many foundations, including Coats for Kids and Hounds Haven, which was dear to his heart.
He was an avid reader with a strong interest in World War II. His other interests include the stock market, ping pong, and travel. He and his wife Janie spent winters in Florida and traveled extensively. Their journeys took them throughout the United States and Europe.
He taught his children to value hard work and to believe in God. Everyone knew Bill as a man of honor and determination. His generosity was known throughout his community. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and husband. His legacy will be long-lasting in his family and community.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janie (Dillon) DeNoon, whom he married Aug. 23, 1956; son Billy (Merri) DeNoon of Bergholz; daughters Laurie (Curt) Croskey of Bergholz and Cindy (Al) Thompson of Carrollton; brothers Fred of Carrollton, Howard and Carl DeNoon of Salineville, Ohio; sister Mary (Bob) Champion of Bergholz; six grandchildren, Clay (Mindi) Croskey of Bergholz, Nikki (Jason) Klein of Cuyahoga Falls, Brandi DeNoon of Richmond, Chelsea (Andy) Weyand of Akron, Zach Thompson of Stow, and Jenna DeNoon of Steubenville; seven great-grandchildren, Sidney and Clare Croskey, Landon and Gabi Sunyoger, Nadia DeNoon, Brycen William Klein, and Dylan Weyand; his golfing buddy, Bob Walker; and his five dogs that he loved dearly, Lulu, GiGi, Peppy, Livy, and Little Buddy.
Friends may call at the Faith Community Church, State Route 524, Bergholz, on Sunday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Funeral services for Bill will be held at the church at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday following visitation with Pastor Rick Chappell officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hounds Haven, Dillonvale, Ohio and Faith Community Church of Bergholz.
Funeral services have been entrusted to the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home of Bergholz (740-768-2271).
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