Pinky Billman


ANTWERP -- Ray "Pinky" Billman, 80, of Antwerp, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Pinky was born in Antwerp on September 30, 1932, a son of the late Thelma (Leaman) and Cecil Billman. He proudly served his country for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked at Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp and Dietrich Industries in Hicksville, and was a school crossing guard in Antwerp for many years.

Pinky was a member of the Antwerp United Methodist Church, Antwerp Local Board of Education, Antwerp Fire Department, and VFW and American Legion Posts.

On June 30, 1956 Pinky married Darlene Elwell.

Pinky will be sadly missed by his wife, Darlene; three children, Tony Billman, Judy Billman and Lisa (Ed) Glass, all of Antwerp; granddaughters, Amanda Knotts and Adrienne Glass; and a great-grandchild, Jonah Knotts.

He is also preceded in death by his brother, Max.

Viewing is Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. His funeral service is at Antwerp United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, with viewing one hour prior. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery, with military honors.

Memorials are to Antwerp Music Boosters. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at

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