December 17, 1944 – July 28, 2019
William Garbrandt 74 of Zanesville, the tough as nails (except around needles), caring, give your shirt off his back guy, passed away July 28, 2019, deciding not to let cancer get him by going quietly in his sleep. If you knew Bill as he was called, you were beyond lucky. He always had a sly smile when you told him a joke but could stare a hole through you if you did him wrong or didn’t show up on time. Bill became smitten with the young Patricia Strode in the late 1960s and they married in 1968, celebrating 50 years in 2018 surrounded by their kids and grandkids.
Bill proudly served three years in the Army before getting married and always regarded his time in the military with honor and recognized those that served before and after him any chance he got. After getting married Bill settled in Coshocton with Patricia and they had three children Bill Jr., Michelle and Michael. He worked at Stone Container for over 35 years and through that work taught his children the value of hard work, dedication and loyalty. After retirement they moved to Zanesville out in the country where he and Patricia always wanted to be and bought all the motorized toys he always wanted to have and taught his grandkids how to use all of them and enjoyed many a beautiful sunset on the banks of the Muskingum River. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter and passed that along to all his kids and grandkids, at least the fishing part of that.
Bill is survived by kids Bill Jr. (Chris) of Nashport, Michelle Ray (Scott) of Zanesville and Mike (Wendy) of Lancaster, grandkids Kelsey, Maia, Libby, Conner, Christopher, Will and Michael and his siblings Mary, Marla, Kathy, Tim, John and Gene, and many nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his parents Mae and Lawrence Garbrandt and his sister Lois, and brothers Terry, Gary and Jim.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking donations to be made to Honor Flight Columbus, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
A private memorial service will be held at the family home at a later date.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
August 14, 2019
August 9, 2019
My condolences to the Garbrandt family. I worked for Bill for many years at Stone Container and I always found him to be both fair and at the same time still humorous. We always had a lot of laughs at work even in the more trying times. Also Bill and I always talked about our families on a daily basis. He spoke of Pat in a caring and loving manner. But what I remember the most of our conversations was how proud he was of Billy, Mike and Michelle.
RIP Bill, Keith Bowman (Bow)
August 2, 2019
A wonderful obituary that is perfectly written for Bill. I Had the privilege to know this family most of my life and consider it mine as well. I knew Bill through his wonderful daughter Michelle in which a consider one of the best blessings to my life,my sidekick for over 40 yrs. Bill was very proud of all of his children and his grandchildren. He will be missed so much by all his family and friends. And Yes his Legacy will truly live on through all the lives he has touched here on Earth. Rest well in the Lord Bill. Loving Prayers to Pat,Billy,Michelle, Mike.and all his grandchildren
July 30, 2019
What a beautiful and fitting obituary for Bill. He still had his sense of humor while giving cancer one hell of a fight. I was fortunate to know Bill and all the family after becoming friends with Michelle. She was definitely a “daddy’s girl “ and I envied her for that. Bill’s legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren and what a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers Pat, Billy, Michelle and Mike. I am blessed to have known your father. RIP Bill ♥️♥️