WOOSTER – Dr. William Mantell LYTLE, 93, of Wooster, passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 in Brookdale Assisted Living in Wooster.
He was born July 6, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James D.and Lois Mantell Lytle. He was a 1936 graduate of Orrville High School and attended Western Reserve University for 3-1/2 years. After 5 years in military services (1941-1945) he attended the Ohio State University, College of Optometry, graduating in 1948. His military career consisted of service in the 112th Medical Regt. one year, and four years in the Air Force. He was a Captain and Group Bombadier/Navigator in the 416th Light Bomb Group, flying 36 combat missions over France and Germany in an A-26 type aircraft. He was awarded the Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, EAME Theatre medal with 6 battle stars, American Defense Medal and 5 unit citations as well as the French Government Croix de Guerre.
He married Margaret Longshore on September 4, 1943. She died June 20, 2002. He practiced Optometry for 2 years in Orrville with his father-in-law Dr. Warren Longshore and then moved his practice to Wooster in 1950 where he maintained his office until his retirement in 1983.
He was a member of Wooster United Methodist Church, Delta Upsilon Fraternity, past president of Wayne County Coin Club, past president of Wayne Co. Society for Handicapped Children, past president of Wooster Hospital Board of Governors, past president of Wooster Rotary Club and mayor of the City of Wooster from 1960-61.
Surviving are daughter, Jean Henderson of Wooster, a grandson Charlie (Paula Brady) Henderson of Chester, W. Virginia and grandson Mark (Lisa) Henderson of Arvada, Colorado, a sister, Joan (Freck) Ray of Springfield, Ohio, sister-in-law Nancy Brest of Orrville, great-grandchildren Riley and Aidan Henderson of Colorado and Olivia and Cooper Brady of W. Virginia and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to his wife, William was preceded in death by his parents and his son James Warren Lytle in 2003.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Wooster United Methodist Church.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
A very special thanks to Hospice and Brookdale for all their love and support. Thanks also to Pastor Dave Wilcox of the Methodist Church for all his prayers and support.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne Co., 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Wooster United Methodist Church at 11:00 A.M.
No calling hours