William D. Earley 1938 - 2017 

William David Earley
was born to William R. and Minnie L. Earley on August 16, 1938, in Wadsworth, Ohio.   He passed peacefully on January 6, 2017.
 
William (Bill) was an avid music lover, with his favorite being classic jazz.   He enjoyed working with an online streaming service and creating jazz music playlists.   He also provided vocal introductions for musical selections.   In his younger years, he often played tennis and racquetball.   During his later years, he enjoyed bicycle riding for miles, especially along the C&O Canal.
 
Bill was the proud supporter of the nonprofit organization, The Menare Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Underground Railroad history.   In addition, he was also a longtime supporter of local Montgomery County politics, serving as a member of the Upcounty Action group.   Bill would also volunteer his time as a Docent for the Oakley Cabin Aftrican Museum and Park.
 
Bill was a dedicated husband and father.   He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Minnie L. Earley and brother, Robert Earley.   Bill leaves to cherish his memories his beloved wife, JoJean;  son, Aaron (Patricia); daughter, Tracey Earley Davis (Roger);  grandchildren, Addison and Solomon Earley;  brother, Richard Earley (Waverly);  nephew, Christopher Earley (Maria);  niece, Kathryn Earley Byrd (Angelo);  and a host of loving family members and friends.
 
A memorial to celebrate his life was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at the Casey Community Center, 810 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.
          




Bill Earley
Wadsworth High School
Graduating Class of  1956


WHS Grizzly Men's Basketball Team, 1955.  From left:  Earley, Kreider, Dressler, Ruskan, Dressler, Terry, Mast, Dennison.


    
Left:  "Fighting for a rebound against Norton, Jim Dressler goes into the air along with some opposing players.  Bill Earley (#12) awaits the outcome of the jump."

Right: "Abie Mast drives in and nets two points for Wadsworth as Bill Earley blocks the Norton opponent." 
    
 
WHS Grizzly Men's Track Team, 1955. 
Row 1: Lecky, Forsman, Houston, Houston, Rice, Hensal, Easterday, Dean, Heath (Mgr.).  Row 2: Schrengauer (Mgr,), Mumford, Burkholder, Held, Kreider, Miller, Barto, West, Williams, Hontert, Swagler (Mgr.).  Row 3: Earley, Spice, Pisanelli, Borcherding, Martin, Noble, Lamson, Rothacker, Mr. Krauss (Coach).

 
"Bill Earley strains to clear the bar in the high jump. If his foot is just a fraction of an inch too low, he is liable to knock the bar off and disqualify his jump."   

WHS Projectionists.  At projector--Wynkoop, Friedt.  Row 1: Mr. Kreider (Advisor), Neiser, Garrison, Schener, Love, Riley, Engler.  Row 2: Goldstein, Romain, Lucas, Welday, Leavitt, Kinnard, Dressler, Thomas.  Row 3: Rohrer, Parsons, Bowman, Earley, Andrews, Swagler, Stripe, Stonier.

WHS Choir, 1955-56.  Row 1: Miragliotta, Wilson, Rexroad, Henson, Beck, Gish, Magyar.  Row 2: Kahl, Staab, Serfass, Elliott, Clark, Swartz, Schultz, Trotter.  Row 3: Mr. Sears (Director), McKain, Shannon, Houston, Serfass, Kreider, Dockus, Frey.  Row 4: Houglan, Peronis, Mast, Christner, Earley, Heberling, Newcomer, Spicer.
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Julie Batey  (WHS 1985), Chair, Wadsworth High School Alumni Association. 524 Broad Street, Wadsworth OH 44281.  
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