Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

William Dean “Bill” Love

William Dean “Bill” Love, age 84, of Shelby, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his home.

Bill was born December 31, 1929 in Shelby the son of the late Charles and Florence H. (Grimwood) Love. He graduated from Crestline High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Metz, France.

Bill had a lifelong love of trucking, beginning at age 14 when he helped his dad haul livestock for Bachrach Farms. With truck driving in his blood, he began his working career driving truck for Bucyrus Blades and later worked in their shipping department. He retired in 1997. Following his retirement, Bill worked for Ralph Phillips Farms.

Bill was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, Buckeye Iron Will Club and was a major labor contributor to Sigfried Field in Shelby where he is recognized on a plaque for his efforts.  He was a pyrotechnic assistant with his friend, John Hancock, for many years and loved fireworks- never missing a fireworks show anywhere in the area. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, caring for his lawn, hunting, and fishing- where he cherished several trips to Canada with friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. This included being actively involved as Shelby Whippet Band Parents for 26 years with his wife, Tess.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther M. “Tess” (Boreman) Love, whom he wed on May 15, 1954; their children: Debra Love of Shelby, Tammie J. (Richard C.) Love Brieck of Columbus, Douglas A. (Kimberly Allen) Love of Ashland, Toni (Shawn) Love Clark of Worthington; 7 grandchildren: Stephanie (John Thull) Amick, Sam (Kendall) Brieck, Peter Brieck, Noelle Brieck, Nathan Clark, Ruby Marie Clark, Wyatt Love; 2 great grandchildren: Olivia Amick and Steven Amick; Brother-in-law: Jim “Gint” Boreman; Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; Special Army buddies: Dean (Jean) Brubaker and Claire Lausch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three siblings: Richard “Dick” Love, Mary Louise Adkins, Robert “Bob” Love.

Friends and family are welcome on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11AM by Rev. Russ Yoak and Mrs. Gaye Shira. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

Memorial expressions may be made to Buckeye Iron Will Club, Hospice of North Central Ohio or to the church. To share a memory or to leave a condolence for the Love family, please visit:




Memories & Condolence

  1. Pat Saltzgaber says:

    So sorry for your loss….

  2. Richard and Amy (Seitz) Russell says:

    Dear Mrs. Love, Debbie and family,
    Our sympathies to you all on the loss of such a special man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mindy Utz says:

    Tess, Debbie, Doug, Toni, Steph, & family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

  4. Marti Smith says:

    Tess and family:

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful man. I have many good “growing up” memories of all of you. May the memories you shared with him help ease the pain of your grief.

    Marti (Lay) Smith

  5. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    Love Family:

    Very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a very good man. Our sympathy to all of you.

    Ed and Jean

  6. Dave and Sandy Baker says:

    Tess, Deb, Tammi, Toni and Doug and families

    So sorry to hear that Bill has passed. Our family has such great memories of him as a good neighbor and friend. We remember those homemade ice cream gatherings and those excellent watermelons he would bring back from Georgia!

    Our kids always had such fond memories growing up with your kids and spending time with you and Bill.

    Our condolences that we cannot be there with you at this time.

    Dave and Sandy Baker
    Dan and Lynn and family
    Mike and Jackie and family
    Brandon and family
    Tom and Julie and family

  7. Larry Frontz says:

    My sincere Condolences go out to all your family members..

    Larry Frontz

  8. Sam Eichhorn says:

    To the family of Bill Love:

    I had the honor and very real pleasure of working with Bill at Bucyrus Blades when he delivered the company’s product anywhere it needed to go, and in any season. He was more than the driver of the truck…he was a good will ambassador for the company. Everyone that came into contact with Bill liked him instantly.

    His broad grin coming through the windshield was far brighter than any of the truck’s polished chrome.

    Although I’m sorry for your loss, I have good memories of Bill, and I’m sure you do as well!

    Best regards,

    Sam Eichhorn

  9. Larry & Juanita Leuthold says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. I was a fellow employee at Bucyrus Blades and Bill was one of my friends. While I was shipping manager I could always count on Bill to get my loads delivered on time. He was a great ambassador for Bucyrus Blades. After he was no longer a driver he worked in the shipping department and I could depend on Bill to get the job done no matter what it was. The few retirement parties I was able to attend I enjoyed visiting with Bill and Tess. I will always have good memories of Bill. Again I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sincerely, Larry & Juanita Leuthold

  10. Donene Poffenbaugh says:

    Tess and family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a great guy and friend to my family. I’m sure him and Dad are catching up. It was always fun to hear about their times growing up. Bill always had a smile that I will never forget. My thoughts are with you all at this trying time.

  11. Oliva Riley says:

    Sending hugs for the loss of this very special family member.

    My wish for the family .. is to take time to be together, to share memories, to retell funny and sad stories.


  12. Tom Adams says:

    Tess and Deb,
    So sorry for the loss of Bill and your dad.

  13. Paula (Yetzer) Chope says:

    So sorry to hear about your father

  14. Ann Imhoff says:

    Tess & Deb
    Sorry to hear about Bill but now he is at peace. Cannot be there for you but I know Jacob, Catherine and Bob will take care of him and you.

  15. Rick and Barb Cornett says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    May the Lord provide His peace, love, and comfort in abundance.

  16. Carolyn Keiser says:


    Sorry to hear about your lost of your truly wonderful husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief.

  17. Sheila Fox says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories and love sustain you.

  18. Sonia Hull Dyer says:

    My dear Tess and family—I was so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful man, great Dad and husband. My love and sympathy to you and your family.
    Sonia, Stephanie, Steve, Scott and families

  19. Ellen Haverfield says:

    So sorry for your loss, Debby. I hope you and your family feel God’s comfort surrounding you.

    Steve & Ellen Haverfield

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