William R. "Bill" VanBremen Sr.

William R. "Bill" VanBremen Sr., 68, of Ashland, passed away at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Bill was born on December 16, 1951 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Russell and Warnetta (Whyel) VanBremen.

Bill attended Ashland High School and retired from Ashland Chemical. Kind hearted, generous, and very honest Bill always spoke his mind. In his early years, Bill was a volunteer firefighter at Savannah and has some great memories with his fellow firefighters. Bill loved his yorkies, Bindy and Molly but most of all he loved his grandchildren; he especially loved fishing with Robbie when he was younger. Bill enjoyed socializing with a few guys in the neighborhood. Bill loved fishing, listening to country music in his garage, and in his later years watching westerns.

He leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Sharon (Kane) VanBremen; his son, William VanBremen II; his daughter, Carrie VanBremen; four step children; and his grandchildren, Shelbi Peterson, Briann (Dakota) Smith, Isaac Ebie, Ariel (Jon) Myers, Arian Arter, Arika Frame, M.J. Watts, and Ryann Watts; six step grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren, David Myers, Mariyah Myers, LillyAna Smith, Shane Smith, and Dakota Smith Jr. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Sandra, Patty, Diana, and Wanda; and his brothers, David and Robert.

The family will observe private services. Bill was a very generous man, so please consider making a memorial contribution in his honor to the Kroc Center, 527 E. Liberty Street Ashland, Ohio 44805 or the Savannah Fire Department, 6 Haney Street Savannah, Ohio 44874. The Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to serve the family.

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