G. William "Bill" Dethlefs

August 27, 1927January 17, 2013

G. William "Bill" Dethlefs, 85, of Columbus, died at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at his home. Mr. Dethlefs was a graduate of University of Illinois. He was a member of Fairlawn Presbyterian Church where he was an elder. He served in both the United States Navy and Air Force. He was retired from Seasonal Industries. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Anne Marshall officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. Private inurnment will be art a later date at Flatrock Baptist Cemetery with military honors by the Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard. Hathaway-Myers Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Born Aug. 28, 1927 in Lake Forest, IL, he was the son of William and Gertrude Mielenz Dethfels. He married Betty Ashworth, Dec. 20, 1951 in Champaign, Il. She preceded him in death April 20, 2009. Survivors include daughters, Ellen (Roger) Miles of San Diego, CA and Catherine (Robert) Bonacorst of Houghton Lake, MI; a brother, Peter Dethlefs of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Darin and Shannon Miles, Robert Bonacorst and Michelle Collier; and four great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and sisters, Alida Moore and Gertrude Gordy.



  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013


  • Visitation, Private Inurnment

G. William "Bill" Dethlefs

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The Dethlefs of Portland

January 22, 2013

Ellen & Cathy, we share your sadness with Bill's passing and yet in the same manner fondly remember the great times we had during visits shared. From all of us, a hug and with love, Pete Sr., Bill, Pete Jr., Allison & Leah.

January 21, 2013

Cathy and Ellen, very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad (and mom) being very sweet and generous people. My one memory from the flint wood times, is when your dad set up the camper in the driveway so Cathy and I could "camp "out)! Godspeed. Kim Perdiew-Williams

Bert and Carolyn Ochs

January 20, 2013

It made me sad when I got the news about your Dad.We had so much fun with Bill in our golfing foursome. I have never met a nicer guy. So sorry I can't be there for the service. My wife and I are in Florida until mid march.Thinking of all your family.

Melinda Rodgers

January 20, 2013

Cathy & Ellen, Our thoughts and prayers to you both on the loss of your dad. Let me know if you need anything. Hugs & Prayers.

Don & Penny Kelsey

January 20, 2013

Ellen & Cathy,
Our thoughts and prayers to both of you and your family on the loss of your wonderful dad. We knew him when we went to Fairlawn Church and he was always such a caring man that loved his family.

John Durst

January 19, 2013

You know all the Dursts loved your father and mother...many times you've heard me say how from my mother on to me how close we felt to you/your family.Yes I know your dad( my Uncle Bill) was ready for the next journey and now has moved on....but that still leaves a hole in my heart and sadness for those of us who will dearly miss him...With Love...Cousins Marge,John,Stacey and Tanner