William A. “Bill” McCarthy, 77 years, of Bryan passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance. Bill was born March 18, 1939 in Springfield, Ohio, the son of the late Dominic “Mac” and Vergil (Foster) McCarthy. He was 1957 graduate of Bryan High School. Bill married Janet L. Shilling on September 19, 1959 in West Unity, Ohio. For over 25 years he was employed by the family business, McCarthy Tire, until purchasing the business in 1980. He ran it until he sold the business in 1984. Along with his wife Janet and son, Tim, he was the co-owner of McCarthy’s Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki in Defiance. Bill and Janet were members of the Bryan First Church of Christ. He was also a former member of the National Police Bloodhound Association. Bill also was a member of the Williams County Conservation League, the National Rifle Association, and Pheasants Forever. He was known as a breeder of dogs, including Great Danes and many other breeds. For many years he was a special deputy for the Williams County Sheriff’s Department, where he was the trainer and handler for the department’s bloodhounds. Bill was very proud to have traveled with his wife to all 50 states as well as several foreign countries.
Surviving is his wife, Janet of Bryan; three children, Timothy (Karen) McCarthy of Defiance, Pamela (Tim) Ledbetter of Napoleon, and Deborah (David) Levine of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Nicholas McCarthy, Zachary McCarthy, Andrew McCarthy, Robert Gilbert, Ashley Gilbert, Lizzy Levine, Liam Levine, Ean Levine and two step-greatgrandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald McCarthy; one sister, Betty Vanderveer, and one nephew, Kenny Vanderveer.
Visitation for William A “Bill” McCarthy will be held Monday, July 4, 2016 from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan. Funeral services for Bill will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Paul Williams and Pastor Larry Snavely officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to the Williams County Humane Society or the Defiance County Humane Society.