Bill Croft

June 7, 1943 - September 18, 2018
Bill  Croft thumbnail
Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
Kari Masters
Mark Childs
Scott Drake
Scott Drake
Hank Scott Light a candle



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.

Leave a Condolence

Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Bill by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Timeline for Bill Croft

Born: June 7, 1943
Died: September 18, 2018

Condolences for Bill Croft

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.

Our sincere condolences.

The staff of Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc..


Kari Masters posted on 10/1/18

Hi Dad Me and mom took the best care of u and we miss u so much. Cancer completely sucks. As i told u many times that I was sorry u were sick with this ugly disease, I was hoping for a miracle and that u would get better. I prayed every day and night that God would grant us a miracle. God had a different plan. I am a firm believer he only takes the best cause that was what u r to me and mom. At least u r not suffering anymore. I will take good care of mom and I know she will do the same for me. Thanks for everything. I know u always told me that u were proud of me and my accomplishments I was proud that u r my dad. I will always make u proud as well as mom. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of u. To the best "Cool Papa" in the world. Love and miss you. Love your daughter Kari.


Kari Masters posted on 9/29/18

In memory of Bill Croft, Kari Masters lit a candle


Mark Childs posted on 9/23/18

In memory of Bull Croft. What a great man this world has lost.


Scott Drake posted on 9/21/18

In memory of Bill Croft, Scott Drake lit a candle


Scott Drake posted on 9/21/18

I have so many good memories with “Lima Bill”, way to many to list. We took a trip to California for the races and that was a trip I could write a book about! He was a good man that was truly loved! Rest In Peace, until I see you again...#91


Susan Scott posted on 9/20/18

My deepest condolences to Karen and the family. There was never a dull moment when Bill went to the races with Hank and I. He was always making us laugh and making our travels entertaining.. What great sense of humor and wit he had. R.I.P. Lima Bean!!


Deborah L. Morris posted on 9/20/18

Dear Croft Family, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest sympathy to all. Bill was truly an awesome man! I worked with him for over ten years and I could not have had a better employee. He was the “cat’s meow” ! Although we don’t know each other Bill always talk so lovingly about his family and made jokes. He make sure you knew how much he loved his family! Again my sincerest condolences to you. Respectfully submitted Deborah Morris


Jan & Russ Spearman posted on 9/20/18

We are so sorry for your loss and pray God surround you with peace during this time ...


Hank Scott posted on 9/20/18

I have lots a great Memories of Bill. We traveled together racing working together. He was know to us racer's as Lima Bean. Bill you were great and made me laugh so much my gut hurt. God Bless you and give you his rest and peace.


Marcia Hooker posted on 9/20/18

So sorry for your loss Kari and Karen. I will keep you in my thoughts.


Dixie Croft Winstead posted on 9/20/18

I am sorry to hear this. I haven’t seen him in 50 years but thought of him often. He was one great guy. We always had such fun when we did get together. My prayers are with you all.


Kathy Kostick posted on 9/19/18

Kari and family, Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Take care. Love Kathy Kostick


Deborah Powell posted on 9/19/18

Kari, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! He will be missed greatly, but just know he is in a better place! We're here if there is anything we can do! Love you, Deborah and Charlie and family!


Shelly Lundin (Harper) posted on 9/19/18

I'm so sorry for your loss.