ANTWERP — Bill Ray Hammond, 87, Antwerp, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Bill was born in Woodburn, Ind., on November 3, 1931, a son of the late Beatrice (Hissong) and Darwin Hammond. He worked at International Harvester, Fort Wayne, for 32 years, and was a bus driver for Antwerp Local Schools for 16 years.

Bill will be sadly missed by his wife, Beth (Derck), whom he married Aug. 12, 1950; daughters, Jan (John) Reeb, Joyce (Steve) Parrish, Carolyn (Gary) Gross, Elaine (Steve) Foust, Donna (Ted) Laker, Laura (Mark) Bissell and Sara (Brett) Johanns; brother, Dennis (Wendy); 23 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his sons, David and William; grandson, Jason Reeb; great-granddaughter, Harper Martenies; and sister, Barbara Hubbell.

Bill’s funeral mass is at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Antwerp. Viewing is Monday from 10-10:30 a.m. and Sunday from 2-7 p.m., with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. He will be laid to rest at Maumee Cemetery.

Memorials are to the American Heart Association, Community Health Professionals or Masses. Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com.

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