William R. Custenborder age 82 of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 10:18 P.M. on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. William was born December 30, 1928 in Sidney, Ohio, to the late L. Raymond & Fanny (Carey) Custenborder.
William graduated from Holy Angels High School in 1946, then served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington from 1951-1953 as a Personnel Management Specialist. Mr. Custenborder married Frances Jean Bouquot on July 18, 1953. She passed away on January 20, 1967.
Mr. Custenborder is survived by his wife, Catherine Ratermann whom he married on March 23, 1968; three children, Douglas (and Dotty) Custenborder of Greenville, Carol (and Gary) Kunze of Kettering and Patrick (and Kim) Custenborder of Versailles. He also was the proud grandparent of seven grandchildren, Clint Howell, Ryan (and Brittany) Kunze, Mitch Custenborder, Cheryl (and Jeff) Probst, Brad Kunze, Connor Custenborder and Kelsey Custenborder. Mr. Custenborder is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Custenborder was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Custenborder; and two sisters, RuthEllen Sellers and Rosemary Blake.
Mr. Custenborder worked at the Citizens National Bank in Sidney for 17 years, the last 10 years as Vice President and Manager of the Russia Branch. For the next 23 years, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Versailles Savings and Loan Co., retiring in 1992 as President, and continuing as Chairman of the Board. During his lifetime, Mr. Custenborder served on many Boards and Organizations, including Sidney Jaycees; Finance Officer with the American Legion; Russia Civic Association; Versailles Development Association; Versailles Swimming Pool Board; Worch Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees; Board of Trustees of the Ohio Savings and Loan League; Versailles Area Foundation Fund and Versailles Lions Club. He was a long time lector at St. Denis Catholic Church and a member of the Senior Servers. Bill and Bud Sutter started a weekly men’s prayer group 11 years ago which has continued to this day.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, July 11, 2011 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow at 1:30 P.M. in Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Military Honors will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard at 10:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Maryknoll Missionaries or Versailles Emergency Medical Services. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com