Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

William Frederick “Bill” Anspach

William Frederick “Bill” Anspach, Sr., age 78, of Shelby, died peacefully Thursday morning, May 9, 2024 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby with his loving wife, Toni, by his side.

Bill was born June 30, 1945 in Ashland to the late James and Phyllis (Duffy) Anspach. A proud graduate and alumnus of the Shelby Senior High School Class of 1963, Bill excelled as an athlete in football, baseball, and track. His love for the Shelby Whippets was always evident. Together with Jim Hunter, Bill announced football for Shelby games for many years- Jim was the voice and Bill was the eyes. He and Toni faithfully attended Shelby sporting events especially basketball and football- not missing a football game for many many years. Additionally, he assisted coaching freshman football following his retirement from General Motors in Ontario after 42 years of service.

It should be noted that it was not just Shelby sports that Bill loved- it was many and all sports, especially playing golf. Co-hosting the annual Anspach/DeVito Labor Day Golf Extravaganza was a highlight of wrapping up each summer for Bill and their family and friends. Neighborhood gatherings at the corner of Marvin Avenue and West Street created a lifetime of memories and happiness.

Bill was an active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and was always volunteering for church events. So many children in the church and St. Mary School fondly referred to him as “Grandpa Bill” as he was a classroom volunteer for the preschool for many years- a job that he genuinely loved, and the children loved him in return.

Bill loved his family deeply and was a true supporter of everything they did especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events. Surviving is his loving wife of 61 years: Toni Anne (Martinez) Anspach whom he wed February 9, 1963; children: Lisa Hiler of Shelby, Lori (Dan) Cooper of Shelby, and Bill (Jennifer) Anspach, Jr. of Medina; grandchildren: Austin (Casey) Hiler, Craig (Mikaela) Hiler, John McKinney, Brittany McKinney, and Haley Anspach; great grandchildren: Avery, Jaxson, Araya, Nolan, Brittain, Riley, and Roman; siblings: Tom (Donna) Anspach of Wooster, Chuck (Becky) Anspach of Colorado, and Sally (Frank) Stewart of Columbus; in-laws: Dave (Diane) Martinez, Rick Martinez, and Susan (Jim) Radivic; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Elizabeth.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, May 13, 2024 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Bill’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters and left in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left on Bill’s obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or Facebook page (

To view Bill’s tribute video click here: Bill’s Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. Joe &Terri DeVito says:

    Toni and family,

    We were very sorry to hear about Bill. There was always great times in the neighborhood! You are all in our prayers.

  2. The Utz Family says:

    Our deepest condolences.

    Jeff & Amy

  3. Deanie Kehres says:

    Dear friends, Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with so many! Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Love & Peace.
    Deanie, Todd, Tristan & Brock Kehres.

  4. JoAnn Nelson says:

    To the Anspach Family, I am so sorry for your loss, praying for your family as you go through these next days.

  5. Wendy Bowling says:

    Lisa and family, lots of memories spending time at your house and in your neighborhood growing up. Prayers and healing thoughts through this difficult time.

  6. Marilyn and Darrell Shepherd says:

    Toni and family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Bill. Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Prayers for the days ahead

  7. Jack Tackett says:

    Prayers for all the family. I am sure Bill will be sorely missed.

  8. Amy Strauss (Young) says:

    Sending my sympathy to you and your family.
    Amy Strauss (Young)

  9. Pam Major & Steve Lambert says:

    Many thoughts and prayers going out to the entire family…..MY family as it came to be ever since I moved to Ohio….many loving thoughts and memories. … including fighting over individual apple pies…. Many hugs and kisses to all!

  10. Nichole and Doug Hanuscin says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you for your loss. Bill was a special person! Doug and Nichole Hanuscin

  11. tom hadley says:

    So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a special kind of man. My deepest sympathys to you and your family Toni.

  12. Fr. Nick Cunningham says:

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing! I remember him as a really good man and a great help
    To the parish of Most Pure Heart of Mary. May God bless him wit eternal life and comfort his family in their loss

  13. Eddie Parsons says:

    Toni and family. So sorry to of the loss of Bill. You have my prayers and condolences.

  14. Clem and Kathy Kanney says:

    Dear Toni and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Bill will certainly be missed.

  15. Bonnie and Robert Hall says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you for your loss. We will always remember the good times at the labor day golf outings at Woody Ridge. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  16. Peggy J Crandell says:

    Dear Toni and family, my deepest sympathy for you during this time of sadness and loss. May peace and wonderful memories sustain you. Peggy

  17. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Toni and Family ~ we are saddened with the news of Bill’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy and prayers for comfort in knowing Bill is now at peace in Heaven watching over you. John & JoAnn

  18. Kristen Medors (Cross) says:

    Dear Anspach famiky,
    My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I’m praying for your peace as you navigate different waters now. Bill always made me laugh and brought smiles to all faces. I was truly thankful to see him (and you,Toni) a few years back at the Lady Whippet reunion. Keep the fond memories at the forefront, they will carry you through.

  19. Joel Hunter says:

    My deepest sympathy for Bill’s family – especially Toni, who was always a good friend of my sister, Michele. I played football with Bill’s brother Tom, and I can remember how we looked up to Bill as both a good athlete and a good guy. His life of devotion to his family, to sports, and to his home town are truly admirable. He will be missed, but he leaves behind a world that is better because he lived.

  20. Dale lybarger says:

    One of the great guys of the Class of ’63. My condolences to Toni and his family

  21. Dave Weddell says:

    Dear Toni,

    My heart goes out to you. I have many fond memories of you & Bill.

    Dave Weddell

  22. Patina Nabors says:

    Sending my deepest condolences.

  23. Linda Bliss Regel says:

    Tony and family my heart goes out to you all. You are in my prayers

  24. Pat Papenbrock says:

    Toni and family,
    Remembering Bill fondly. Praying the days ahead are gentle to you.

  25. robie pena says:

    Toni and family, Iam so sorry to here of Bill’s passing. HE was a great guy, my deepest sympathy for all the family.

  26. Julie White says:

    Mrs. Anspach and family,

    Mr. Anspach was such an awesome guy and huge part of my memories of the Shelby High School sports, I participated in. Whether it was a gymnastics meet,or measuring the jumps in long jump……He was always so kind and encouraging. I pray that you are all comforted by the wonderful memories of this terrific man. Prayers for you all……Julie (Hartings) White

  27. Steve Peebles says:

    Toni and family, please accept
    my condolances for your loss. What a special friend that Shelby lost! Prayers for a clear memory of all the great times and support during this challenging time!

  28. Mike and Ann Coward says:

    To The Anspach Family, Mike and I send our condolences for the passing of Bill. We remember him best at all the sporting events both him and Toni. Please know that you are in our prayers through these tough times.

  29. Kris Brown Smith says:

    Sally, my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your brother. May you find comfort in family and friends close to you.

  30. Ed Russell says:

    Lori, Bill and family:

    I am sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. May he rest in peace.

  31. Ken & Becky Papay says:

    Becky and I are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He had a wonderful life and enjoyed himself while he was healthy.
    May God bless you and your family.

  32. Chris Straw says:

    My deepest sympathy to Toni, and all the family. I am so happy to have seen Bill and Toni at our class reunion last year, and all the previous years! Thanks, Toni! My memories of Bill go back to 6th grade and Auburn School. He was a great kid, and became a fine man! We’ll miss him! Blessings to you all.

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