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William Newcomb (1921-2020)

William Wendell Newcomb, 99, of Wauseon passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Fulton Manor. He was born in West Unity on Nov. 27, 1921, to the late R. Rowe and Grace (Opdycke) Newcomb.

He married Vivian Ruth Bixler of Wauseon, his wife of 58 years, on Oct. 9, 1943, while stationed in San Francisco, and she preceded him in death in February 2002. He later married Oletha England of Wauseon, who preceded him in death in March 2016.

Wendell was the sixth of eight children. In 1939, he graduated from West Unity High School. He served in the U.S. Army’s 563rd Heavy Ordnance Maintenance Company. They landed in Cherbourg, France, in September 1944, and were stationed in Belgium and Germany until their return to the U.S. in August 1945.

Following his military service, he and Vivian settled in Wauseon and raised their family.Wendell worked in various sales and service-related jobs before becoming the proprietor of a Sunoco service station in Napoleon in 1958. After operating that business through 1968, he moved to the newly-built Marathon station in Wauseon. His son, Tracey, joined him there in 1985 and became owner of the business when Wendell retired in 1986.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion, and a past member of the Wauseon Lions Club and First United Methodist Church. In his later years he enjoyed playing cards and dominoes and shooting pool. He was also an attentive grandfather to his grandchildren, especially during their earliest years.

Survivors include his children, Michelle (Robert) Loukotka of Ann Arbor, Mich., Thomas (Laura) Wilmington of North Carolina, Kevin (Patricia) Concord Township, Ohio, and Tracey (Karen) of Wauseon; nine grandchildren, Gretchen (Michael) Korzuck, Jonathan (Martha) Loukotka, Caroline (Michael) Ashenfelter, Christopher (Dawn) Newcomb, Leslie (Mark) McClain, Andrew (Heather) Newcomb, Sarah (George) Corrie, Courtney (Kevin) Seitzinger, and Ashley (Joshua) Meraz; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; 26 nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Lois Bixler (Arthur) Germann of Napoleon.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Leon, Marvin, and Hillis; and three sisters, Virginia Frager, Nina Beckman, and Maxine Munk.

He will be laid to rest in Wauseon Union Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Military honors will be provided by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services will be limited to the immediate family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Edgar–Grisier Funeral Home-Wauseon

Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House, a veterans’ family support charity, [go to for information and online giving] or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Fulton Manor for the years of compassionate care they provided.

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Source: The Village Reporter

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