William Arps, 95, of Defiance County, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

He was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Defiance County to William and Helene (Backhaus) Arps. He married Lois Rickenberg on May 7, 1950, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon Township.

Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He learned his trade as an electrician during his time in the Navy. Bill enjoyed his occupation and the people that it brought into his life. He retired from ITT Higbie Manufacturing/ Fulton Tubing in Archbold, Ohio.

Bill was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Defiance County, where he served as the cemetery sexton for over 20 years. He and Lois were avid sports fans and enjoyed supporting the Tinora Rams at baseball, football and baseball games. They also enjoyed spending time on the water and fishing together.

Bill is survived by his children, Deborah (John) O’Brien, Robert Arps, Diane (David) Layne; grandchildren, Bradley (Shelly Demeo) Arps and Jeff (Katlin) Arps, Grant, Patrick and Sarah O’Brien; and great-grandson, Zeke Arps.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Lois; granddaughter, Jessica O’Brien; and sister, Clara (Ralph) Sweinhagen.

Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, from 3-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with an hour of visitation prior to services. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.

Due to the current health conditions surrounding COVID-19, masks will be required to attend services or visitation in accordance with the State. Please also respect social distancing and make use of the website to contact the family if you are not feeling well.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’ Lutheran Church.

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