Billy D. Epps, age 74 of Lima, died peacefully at 4:56 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 26, 1943 in Lima, Ohio to the late Forest Merle ‘Bill’ and Betty D. Ford Epps. On October 26, 1963 he married Diane J. LaMontagne who preceded him on December 6, 2003. On September 26, 2004 he married Linda Kerr who survives in Lima.
Mr. Epps was business owner of The Brickyard Mason Supply Company in Cicero, NY and prior to that worked at Bristol-Myers Company in Syracuse, NY where he was a systems analysts, in charge of 28 countries around the world. He was in the first graduating class, of Perry High School in 1961, later studied engineering at the Lima campus of the Ohio State University. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force sent him to Syracuse University where he studied the Russian language and became an intelligence officer serving his country during the Vietnam War. He was fluent in 7 languages.
Also surviving is a son – Steven W. (Linda) Epps of Syracuse, NY; 3 daughters – Cheryl A. (James) Lynch of Pennellville, NY; Kira (Kenny) Spencer of Maumee, OH; Elena (Tim Staley) Marlatt of Maumee, OH; 10 grandchildren – Jamie (Kris) Goodfellow, Brian Lynch, Steven Epps, Jr, Johnathon Epps, Nicole Epps, Kylie Little, Alan Conboy, Ryan Conboy, Jada Spencer, Hayden Spencer; 2 great grandchildren – Landon Goodfellow, Tanner Goodfellow; 3 brothers – Albert (Carol) Epps of Spencerville; Gregory Epps of Dayton, OH; Barry (Sue Eckstein) Epps of Celina, OH; a sister – Kathy (Doyle) Elkins of Kalida, OH; and a sister-in-law – Karen Epps of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by a daughter – Renee’ D. Epps and a brother – Charles Epps.
Funeral services will begin 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Rev. Dave Burhart will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima; where military rites will be observed by V.F.W. Post 8445 of Wapakoneta.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Perry United Methodist Church, Family First, or to the donor’s choice.