William John Sulzer, Jr.

December 14, 1953January 18, 2021
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William John Sulzer, Jr., 67, of Statesville, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Born in Suffolk County, New York, he was the son of the late William John Sulzer, Sr. and Gloria Janice Evans Sulzer.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Sulzer.

Mr. Sulzer worked as a diesel mechanic for several years with a trucking company and was a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.

Those left to cherish his wife, Lonnie; son, John Sulzer; daughters, Amy (Toby) Bradford and Angel (Joseph) Valdez and his grandchildren, Alyssa, Joseph, Lana, Kyla, Gabby and William. He is further survived by his siblings, Keith, Daryl and Dwayne Sulzer, Charles Corozza, Curtis Corozza, Chelley Cheeseman and Gladys Loverso.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM at St. Philp the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Father Thomas J. Kessler officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Those wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sulzer family.


  • John Sulzer
  • Keith Sulzer
  • Charlie Carozza
  • Daryl Sulzer
  • Joseph Anzalone
  • Robert Vanderveer


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, January 25, 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, January 25, 2021


William John Sulzer, Jr.

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Charlie Carrozza

January 31, 2021

My brother, there are so many memories that I would like to share unfortunately this page is too small. My heart was broken the day you went away, I will never forget your bill you are always in my heart. I remember when we were kids, you always looked out for us younger kids and always made sure we were ok. Your my Angel Bill, and always will be! Love you Billy. 💙

Jessica Bensen

January 28, 2021

My heart hurts to know that such a beautiful soul is no longer here on earth with us. You were one of my favorite people in Coleens family and you are missed and have been missed. Through Coleen I have gotten to know your life story and I must say it's a beautiful story that teaches us to appreciate what we have. The appreciation you have shown for what you call home whether it be Family, love, or shelter is remarkable and will always be remembered as it was a lesson you unknowingly taught me during a time that I needed it. Your passing as sad as it is comes with a beautiful story and during that time I looked at your life story as a whole and remember you for who you are, an appreciative and beautiful soul. Thank you for teaching me your ways when I needed it the most. You are loved by many. You rock. You're an angel. You Are beautiful. You are wild. And you are loved. Thank you for loving me and accepting me for me.

Lisa McBroom

January 26, 2021

I lived in the same apartment complex. A nice kind man.

Chelley Cheeseman

January 23, 2021

You brought so many wonderful memories to our family which we will cherish forever. The love and laughter will always remain in our hearts.
Your favorite saying...”don’t tell me, I know everything!”
From your loving brothers and sisters,
You will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Coleen Vanderveer

January 23, 2021

I met Billy when I was 15 years old, didn't know his name at first so my sister and I called him Pirate because of his bandana he wore on his head, and he actually looked like a pirate, lol. We then bought him home to meet our mother, who was nice enough to give him a safe place to sleep because at that time he was having some hard times. He met our sister Lonnie and the rest is history. Billy had a wicked sense of humor which is probably why we hit it off so well. He was the greatest brother in law anyone could ask for. And fit right in with the family from day one. I will miss him unbelievably. Always making me laugh without even trying. He was a one of a kind type of man, I will never ever forget. I love you Billy. Thank you for sharing your life with this family, and giving us countless memories that will last for eternity. God bless you and may you rest in eternal peace. From your Diesel face. Xox

Katrina Shay

January 22, 2021

I’m lost with out you you numbed the pain you weren’t just my uncle but like a
Father to me took me to my first father daughter dance walked me
Down the isle on my wedding day danced the father daughter dance to I loved her first and gave me away you whispered in my ear I will always have you to never worry you were my children’s hero I’m crushed be free you can breath agin I love you so much and I will miss you so much love trinky

Linda Ortiz

January 22, 2021

I will always remember you billy you always had a smile a joke you lived life to the fullest I have very good memories I will miss you deeply we always had a special bond I was lucky to have you as my brother in law I wish you didn’t have to go but god had other plans for you I can’t even begin to say how sorry I am for my sister and my nieces and nephews and your grand kids it will be hard with out you will rejoice your life you were a wonderful person I love you I’m sorry for the families loss god bless you amen

Cynthia Vanderveer

January 22, 2021

I remember when I first met William I was 16 years old 2 yrs later introduced you to my sister lonnie here it is 40 years later and I lost you I love you Bill I will always love you and will never forget you my dear friend and brother-in-law God bless you fly with the angels my friend

Toby Bradford

January 21, 2021

Bill will always have special place in my life. The man was a hard worker with a heart of gold. I will miss him greatly. I find comfort knowing Bill is in Heaven, wailing on his own drum set.

Sandy Bradford

January 20, 2021

Lonnie we did not know Billy well but the few times we were around him he was very friendly and I saw how much he loved our grand
daughter Kyla . So sorry he left you so soon .