Bill Ray Hammond, 87, of Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
Bill was born in Woodburn, IN on November 3, 1931, a son of the late Beatrice (Hissong) and Darwin Hammond.
He worked at International Harvester, Fort Wayne for 32 years and was a bus driver for Antwerp Local Schools for 16 years.
Bill will be sadly missed by his wife, Beth (Derck) whom he married Aug. 12, 1950; daughters, Jan (John) Reeb, Joyce (Steve) Parrish, Carolyn (Gary) Gross, Elaine (Steve) Foust, Donna (Ted) Laker, Laura (Mark) Bissell & Sara (Brett) Johanns; brother, Dennis (Wendy); 23 grandchildren & 54 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his sons, David & William, grandson, Jason Reeb; great granddaughter, Harper Martenies & sister, Barbara Hubbell.
Bill's funeral mass is 11 AM on Monday, July 15th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp. Viewing is Monday, 10:00 - 10:30 am and Sunday, 2:00 - 7:00 pm, with a vigil service at 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery.
Memorial are to American Heart Assn., Community Health Professionals or Masses.
Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com