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William J Voelker

June 18, 1940 — October 26, 2022

Chesterland, Ohio

Loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.


Affectionately known to his family as “Honey Bill” and “G-papa” Bill was a family man, who together with his wife of 60 years, Diane, had seven children, 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He loved being outdoors and working in his yard. He took meticulous care of his lawn, enjoyed planting flowers, and line-drying his laundry. He liked to cook, made a great German potato salad, and took pleasure in making his children’s school lunches. He had long held family traditions, especially around the Christmas holiday, that we will forever cherish. He loved trains, hockey and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He was steadfast in his faith and instilled that faith in his children as active members of Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church for over 50 years.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Diane (nee Patch), children: Kimberly LaRiccia (Louis), Kristen Voelker (Deb McGowan), Kelly Murphy (Michael), William Voelker (Sara), Kathleen Berkheimer (William), Kerry Manfredi (Frank) and Katie Fioritto (Mario). Grandchildren: Daniel (Callie), Robert (Coleen), Cody (Kimberly), Stephanie (Scott), Andrew, Jenna (Greg), Adam (Jackie), Alexandra (Andrew), Sean, Courtney, Victoria, Kira, Hunter, and Hattie. Great grandchildren: Nora, Brooks, Louis, Cooper, and Saylor. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Irene, his sister, Nancy, his in laws, Walter and Jeannette Patch, son in law Frank Suhar and his beloved dog Sydney, who never left his side.

Interment Private. Memorial Service 2 pm Saturday, November 12 at Lyndhurst Community of Faith Church, 5312 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to The Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave, Cleveland 44110 and the Lyndhurst Community of Faith Church, 5312 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst 44124.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)

Lyndhurst Community of Faith Church

5312 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

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