March 3, 1928 — March 14, 2008
NEW LONDON — Willie “Bill” Sidwell, 80, of New London, died Friday at home after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 3, 1928 in Pulaski County, Ky., son of the late Preston and Flonnie (Taylor) Sidwell.
He had lived in Huntington for 32 years and in New London for the past 10 years.
He owned several Gastown Service stations before going to work for Ford Motor Co. as a millwright in Cleveland and Lorain before retiring in 1992.
He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren. He Sidwell was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Fronia (Keith) Sidwell; daughters, Misty Sidwell of Fredericktown and Mary Straka of Lorain; sons, Craig Sidwell and Jack Sidwell, both of New London; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Don Sidwell of Indiana, Leslie Sidwell of Kentucky and Wayne Sidwell of Indiana; sisters, Ailene Short of Texas, Annette Newton and Brenda Turpin both of Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Arnold and Mike Sidwell and brothers, Fred, Oscar Andrew and Kenneth Lee Sidwell. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, with the Rev. Harry Cutlip officiating. Burial will follow in Huntington Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Heart Association Memorial and Tribute Center, 5455 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214.
Online condolences may be made at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.