MANSFIELD — An American flag will be raised on Thursday, Sept, 20, 2018 in front of the Richland County courthouse at 6 p.m. to honor deceased Richland County U.S. Air Force William ‘Bill’ Homer Chase
Bill was born March 10, 1937 in Loudonville to Willie and Dorthy (Burkepile) Chase. He graduated from Ontario High School in 1956.
Bill enlisted in the Air National Guard, and completed boot camp prior to graduating high school. An aircraft mechanic, for 34 years he served with the 179th Airlift Wing earning the rank of Master Sergeant. During his tenure, Bill was the Crew Chief on the Flight Line for the F-100. Following his retirement Bill worked for 10 years at Crestview High School.
Bill passed away April 13, 2018 and is buried at Mansfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his children Raymond (Peggy) Chase, Greg (Marsha) Chase and Kim (Paul) Brown all of Mansfield; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 siblings and an extended family. Bill and his wife Wanda shared 57 years of marriage until her passing in 2015.
The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building after which the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing those veteran’s honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.
The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program. To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps at 419-524-5844.