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November 13, 2018

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William Gaines was active in multiple community organizations

He was Santa Claus, Cub Scout den master, coached soccer, operated a lawn service

William M. Gaines III, 70, died July 8, 2018, in Grove City, Ohio.  Bill was born March 12, 1948, in Dayton to the late William and Leona (Furay) Gaines.  On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Brenda Ferguson Gaines who survives.

Bill retired from Marathon Oil Company in Findlay where he was a financial analyst.  He also owned and operated the former Future Famers Ball Cards and was currently the owner and operator of Happy Lawn Service in Bluffton.  Bill was an amateur radio enthusiast and member of the Findlay Radio Club.  He was a past den master for the Bluffton Cub Scouts Pack 256.  Bill was instrumental in starting soccer programs in the Bluffton area and coached soccer for many years.  Bill and his wife planted and were active members of the Bluffton Baptist Church.  Bill and his wife enjoyed playing Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Bluffton area for many years. 

Survivors also include two sons, William Gaines IV of Bluffton, Josh (Wendy) Gaines of Lima; a daughter, Amanda (Michael) Murphy of Grove City, four grandchildren, Carys Murphy, Kellen Murphy, Michael "Quinn" Murphy, William "Liam" Murphy; two step grandchildren, T.J.  Hughes, Ashley (Nathan) Klingler; and two step great-grandchildren, Julian and Cora Klingler.

Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Claudia Bailey.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Bluffton Baptist Church.  Pastor Steve Pilarsh officiating.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton Baptist Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

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