William “Bill” L. Donnett, 85, of Napoleon died peacefully Saturday afternoon, Jan. 9, 2021, in the home of his daughter and son-in-law.

Bill was born in Harrison Township, Henry County, Ohio, on July 24, 1935, to Goodno G. Donnett and Maisie (Hefflinger Donnett) Corwin. He was married to Sandra Sheffer on Feb. 14, 1959.

Bill proudly served his county in the United States Army 82d Airborne Division as a Paratrooper completing basic training in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and continuing service in Europe. After being honorably discharged he continued to serve his country in the National Guard of the United States and the state of Ohio; retiring as a Sergeant. Bill worked as a meat cutter at A & P, IGA, and finally Bishops of Hamler. He was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church, Malinta American Legion Post #400, Arthur P. Peterson AMVETS Post #1313, Harrison Grange and Gleaners and Napoleon Lions Club.

Bill liked to hunt; in addition to hunting in the local area he enjoyed going on elk hunting trips with his son-in-law and grandson in Colorado. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and loved family gatherings with all of the delicious food the kids would cook. To say he will be dearly missed is an understatement.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Duane Scott; grandchildren, Cassie and Chad Muehlfeld, Jordan Scott and Kaycee Atkinson and Tiffany Scott, and great-grandchildren, Levi, Audrey and Holly Muehlfeld. He is also survived by his brother, John Donnett, and sister amd brother-in-law, Darlene and Jerry Hickman.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, William L. Donnett Jr.; sister, Barbara Hicks; and brother, Tony Corwin.

The family would like to note sincere appreciation to Dr. Gary Grego and staff, Dr. David Brown and staff and ProMedica Hospice for their wonderful care and kindness during his difficult journey with multiple myeloma.

Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Hoy Cemetery, Napoleon, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Pastor Gary Stuckey will be officiating. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, masks are required for attendance, and social distancing is strongly encouraged. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Sharon United Methodist or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Walker-Hoening Mortuary of Napoleon.

Friends are invited to share a memory of Bill and sign the online guestbook at

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