Willard Frank Grassman
July 30, 1932 – September 23, 2020
Willard Frank Grassman of Kettering, OH passed away peacefully on September 23rd, 2020. Visitation services will be held at Tobias Funeral Home located at 5471 Far Hills Avenue Kettering, OH on Sunday October 18th from 2-4pm. A memorial service will follow immediately beginning at 4:00 pm. Face masks are required at the visitation, please observe social distancing guidelines, a maximum of 50 people inside at a time will be enforced.
Will was born on July 30th, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Ethel and John Grassman, Brother John Grassman Jr., Sister Vera (Grassman) Taylor, Sister Gladys ( Grassman) Rabenstein, Sister Dorthy Grassman and his wife Margaret Joan ( Burns) Grassman. Will is survived by his brother Harold Grassman, his 5 loving children Elleen & David Beyerle, Rand & Diana Grassman, Teresa & Thomas Bertrams, Susan & Greg Snyder, and Eric & Donna Grassman. In addition to 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Family was a priority for Will, he kept in touch with his brother Harold regularly by phone. The family home always served as a gathering place for all family, immediate and extended, during holidays and family events. Many happy memories were made, swimming in the pool, or riding on the golf cart with “ Papa Willy”. More than a few laughs were had, along with a few beers! Or maybe a glass of wine ( if it was after 4 O’clock), as per his rules.
Will had a full life, living in Cincinnati, New Orleans, Bellefontaine, and finally settling in Kettering Ohio. He enjoyed a long career in the commercial laundry business, serving on boards and traveling with professional associations. Will eventually ended up with his own business, Valley Laundry Inc. in Franklin Ohio, where he worked tirelessly until the age of 82! His passion however, was golf! If you knew him, you knew how much he loved the game. Will was fortunate to play golf all over the United States, even playing Augusta National two weeks before The Masters. He had several hole-in-ones, and won numerous tournaments. He shared this passion with everyone around him.
If you worked for him, or with him, you know he could be demanding and stubborn, but he was equally warm, caring and fun loving. For the lucky ones that got to see his charisma, relaxed and had a beer with him, or played a round of golf, you surely will always remember him! Even if you can’t remember any of the many jokes he liked to tell. He will surely be missed by many. Cheers! to a life well lived!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Willard Frank Grassman
Robin (Burns) Ruwe
October 17, 2020
I remember when I was about 10 years old, my dad would have me and my brothers and sisters all together near the kitchen. We had our telephone sitting on a spot on the counter.
My dad would tell us that we could pick a card out of a deck of cards and then call the WIZARD and he would guess our card.
Yep, uncle Bill was the WIZARD! It worked perfectly for a long time. We were shocked and amazed the wizard could get our card right every time. We had such a fun time with that. Thank you uncle Bill. You are unforgettable and I know you are happy with aunt Peg and the sadness is only with us left missing you. A great way for us here missing you to think about it, is from this poem.....
Letter From Heaven
© Crystal Baptiste
Published: May 2010
I hope this doesn't reach you too late.
I don't want you to worry,
Because life up here is great.
I can't wait for you to see the beauty of heaven,
But I know it's not your time.
I really miss you guys,
But I know you'll be just fine.
You know I can see you, right?
So please stop shedding tears.
You guys, I'm perfectly fine,
So conquer all your fears.
I'll be watching your every move.
Relax! I won't spill your beans.
But stop all those naughty things you do,
Because you know there's nothing He can't see.
I need you to come here to meet me,
But not if you misbehave,
So please keep God in your heart,
And you'll be safe and saved.
Hey guys, I know you miss me.
It's really hard not to.
But please, please stop grieving,
Because you're making me sad too.
You guys have been a great family,
And I am truly blessed.
You've raised me through my earthly life;
Now God will do the rest.
He's really a great person,
And an even better friend,
So I'm in great hands,
And on Him you can also depend.
Oh boy, I'm getting carried away.
I want to say so many things,
But I really have to go now,
Because today I'm getting my wings.
Bye, you guys; love you forever and a day!
P.S. Be good. I'll be watching!!!
October 7, 2020
He was a joy to be around, a great brother-in-law, father , husband to his wonderful wife Peg. .He loved life and everyone loved him. I will never forget him and the millions of good memories.
John R Cook
October 6, 2020
My first encounter with then Mr. And Mrs Grassman . That was Freshman year of High School and latter it was Mom and Dad and once in a while through Senior year of High School it was Bill. Between Peg and Bill having dinners and in the pool with Randy and patching us up from scuffles they always treated Robert and myself like their own family and even his sisters treated us like family . It’s been a long time from seeing him but always respected both Peg and Bill like my own Mom and Dad. To all of Randy ‘s family I send my condolences and if possible I will be there Sunday. God Bless
John R Cook
October 4, 2020
Uncle Bill was always the life of the party. He always had a joke to tell. His laugh was contagious. He told me once that he would leave this world telling a joke.
RIP Uncle Bill
I will always have fond memories of you and you will always bring a smile to my face.
September 26, 2020
So sorry to hear about Willie. He will truly be missed, however he has been reunited with Peg and family..
I am sure he is up there entertaining the family and friends as he did down here. Never seen a frown on him, he always brought wit to everyone.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. We lost someone very special!
September 25, 2020
Sue I’m sorry for you and your family’s loss. I know I haven’t seen your Dad & Mom for many years but I remember both like yesterday! I always knew they knew what we may have been up to.......! Your dad had a beautiful smile & heart and also loved to have fun! You know they are together now 💗 Just know my love and prayers are with you 🥰