William J. Kreinbihl, 95, of Mansfield, died peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. He was born February 7, 1921, in Crestline, Ohio, to the late Carl and Stella (Reindl) Kreinbihl.
A lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, he also attended St. Peter’s High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theatre and was awarded a Purple Heart. He retired from Westinghouse after many years as a supervisor. Bill enjoyed his retirement winters spent in warm and sunny Florida. He had a passion for cars and was able to identify the different models on the spot.
Bill was a very loving man and a true gentleman. He enjoyed playing pool and found every opportunity to be at the golf course perfecting his game. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #687
He is survived by the love of his life, wife, Betty Ricketts Kreinbihl whom he married on January 4, 1947; daughter-in-law, Victoria Kreinbihl; nieces and nephews, Carol (Neil) Hamilton, Mark (Beth) Kreinbihl, Alan (Tammy) Kreinbihl, Charles (Georgia) Tussing, Tom (Valerie) Mapes, Doris Weiland, Janice Shaffer and MaryAnn (Vernon) Brown; along with numerous other loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William J. Kreinbihl, Jr.; two sisters, Catherine Tussing and Mary Mapes; and brother, Leonard Kreinbihl.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 104 W. First St., Mansfield. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or OhioHealth Hospice. Special thank you to Servants Hearts and OhioHealth Hospice for their loving care in the last days of Bill’s life.