William R. ‘Bill’ Croft, age 75, of Lima passed away 5:46 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 at his residence. He was born June 7, 1943 to the late Benjamin Franklin and Edna Naomi Decker Croft in Lima. He married Karen K. Blair Sept. 25, 1970 and she survives in Lima.
Bill maintained his love of motorcycles, motorcycle racing, sprint cars, drag racing, trap and target shooting and shooting pool, bowling, boating, fishing and golfing. When he traveled across the country he never missed a chance to take the scenic route. He truly enjoyed life. He was always known as “Lima Bill” to all of his motorcycle friends. He was a member of UAW 1219 and Lima Eagles aerie 370, YMCA and the NRA. He retired from Ford Lima Engine Plant after 34 years. Bill had also served in the Marine Corp Reserve for seven years and graduated from Lima Senior High School, class of 1962.
Additional survivors include daughters: Kim King and Kari Masters both of Lima, grandchildren Sarah Malloy and Sam King, great grandchildren Aiden, Lucas and River, a niece Ann (Michael) Lawrence of Wapak and a brother-in-law Greg Blair of Lima.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Joan (Tom) Haines and a granddaughter Mariah Masters.
The family will receive friends 2- 7 p.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The funeral service will follow at 7 with Pastor Tim Benjamin officiating, burial of cremated remains will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Rita’s Hospice or to Crossroads Church of God, Thayer and 309.