William H. ‘Bill’ Rector
William H. “Bill” Rector, 81, of Dublin and Delaware County, passed away Sunday (March 25, 2012) at Kobacker House.
Born to the late Ruth H. and William H. Rector, Sr., he grew up in Columbus and graduated from Central High School in 1948. He joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation and was stationed in San Diego. After his discharge, Bill moved back to Columbus and began his career with Big Bear Stores. While there, he met his loving wife Vera and they were married for 57 years. He retired from Big Bear early and in 1989 started his own successful manufactures rep business, which he loved and never truly retired. Bill was active in the community and Central College Presbyterian Church where he served as a trustee, elder and on the building committee. He was a member of New England Lodge 4, F&AM, a 32nd Degree Mason-Valley of Columbus and an active member of Aladdin Temple Shrine where he served in the Hospitality Unit. He was past president of the Columbus Housewares Club, advisor to the 4-H Club in Delaware County and a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Central College Food Bank. Bill was an avid golfer — having scored a hole-in-one at Safari Golf Club, a fisherman and enjoyed baseball, softball, football and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was also an avid fan of the Little Brown Jug and was a former member of Muirfield Country Club.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Vera; son, Fred Rector; daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Bill Sergent; grandson, Tim Sergent; best friend, Clarence Huskey; and so many friends and colleagues.
Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 pm. Wednesday at the Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell, 450 W. Olentangy St., Powell, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. (The funeral home is located on West Olentangy Street/Powell Road/Ohio 750, Â¼ mile east of Sawmill Parkway.) Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, with The Rev.Dr. Richard Ellsworth officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kingwood Memorial Park, Lewis Center. The family sends a special thanks to the staff at Kobacker House.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider a memorial contribution to: Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214 or The American Red Cross, 995 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 in Bill’s memory.
Send condolences for the family to rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.