William 'Bill' Goller

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William "Bill" W. Goller, 78, of Defiance, died on April 23, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was born on May 30, 1935, in Defiance, and was the son of Dr. Willis and Lura (Bowyer) Goller. On February 16, 1963, he married Betty Skiver, who survives.

Bill was a graduate of Defiance High School and Purdue University, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent 27 years with the Zeller Corporation, retiring in 1985 as vice president. He was a registered representative with Waddell & Reed, Nationwide Investment Services and served as vice president of Messerman Machine until his retirement in 1994.

Bill was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, Omega Lodge, Zenobia Temple, the Elks and Traveler's Club. He was also a member and served as past president of Defiance Rotary, the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Defiance County. Professional organizations include the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He enjoyed sports cars, woodworking, reading, traveling, boating, water sports and spending time with his five grandchildren, Breann, Christopher James ("CJ"), Devon, Ashley and Tara. He is also survived by his daughter, Natalie Gabel of Toledo and his son, Thomas Goller of Los Angeles.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Defiance.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.

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  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences at Bill's passing to meet his Lord.

    Bill and I were classmates, although he was in the class ahead of me.  Bill and I were in the Boy Scout Troop 27.  Bill was my patrol leader.  We shared many wonderful days camping.  I still wonder how he was able to get me onganized and get with the program.  

    With fond regards,

    George Briggs