William Thomas “Bill” Houseworth
William Thomas “Bill” Houseworth, age 75, of Shelby, died Monday night, July 5, 2021 at his home following a brief battle with Mesothelioma.
Bill was born May 17, 1946 in Lima, Ohio to the late Thomas B. and Marie (McGuire) Houseworth and was a 1964 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School. Bill spent his entire career in the insurance industry. In 1967, the field brought him to Shelby for a position in the IT Department at Shelby Mutual Insurance. He remained with the Mutual until its closing and then began working for a software programming company, Policy Management Corporation, until making his last career transition to Ohio Mutual Insurance Group from where he retired in 2013. When asked if Bill enjoyed his 45+ year career, he emphatically responded, “Very much so!”
To say that Bill was an active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church would be an understatement. Bill was devoted to the Church and serving the Lord in various forms. Throughout the years, Bill has been an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, lector, and currently served as the Sacristan. He assisted anywhere he was needed, especially during the Holy Days, making sure everyone knew what to do and where to be working quietly in the background so that things were perfect. He served as the chairman of the Building Maintenance Committee helping to maintain and keep the church beautiful inside and out. Bill was active with home ministry and making hospital visits taking communion to the sick and shut-ins, had served on the festival committee many times over, had been a member of Parish Council, and was active with the Funeral Liturgy Planning Committee for over 30 years. The church and serving the Lord was not only his hobby, but his passion as well.
Outside of church, Bill was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for many years not only at the local level but the district level as well, earning the District Award of Merit. One of his most favorite things was taking scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Bill was also a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus, had been on the Zoning Committee for Sharon Township, and absolutely loved to read.
Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon Sue (Aichholz) Houseworth, whom he wed on October 4, 1969; 3 children: Brian (Carol) Houseworth of Mansfield, Jeffrey (Keri) Houseworth of Oklahoma, and Susan (Reg) Lowe of Alabama; grandchildren: Dalton (Kayla) Lowe, Trevor Harris, Ellie Houseworth, Jordyn Harris, Derek Lowe, Olivia Houseworth, and William Thomas “Will” Houseworth; great grandchildren: Abigail Lowe, Allayna Wright, and one on the way; sister: Rita Kersker; brother-in-law: Duane (Linda) Aichholz; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. His parents and an infant sister preceded him in death.
Family and friends are welcome on Friday, July 9, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a rosary will be recited 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Fr. Chris Mileski celebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or St. Mary School.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on Bill’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
To view Bill’s tribute video, follow this link provided: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/CHW22ZYPPRFDPCTX