ORLANDO, Fla. - William Woodrow Hiland died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, the day after celebrating his 96th birthday. His wife, Arlene, was by his side.
Bill was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Greene, the son of Floyd and Harriet Dempster Hiland.
His school years were spent in Braceville, where he met Arlene Arbogast. They married in 1941 and have one daughter, Merry Anne.
Bill was an Army sergeant in the heavy artillery during World War II. When the war ended, his specialty was metal fabrication at Myers Garage in Newton Falls and then at Republic Steel.
After retiring in 1983, Bill and Arlene spent their time traveling, gardening and helping others. His pride and joy was his airplane, and every single flight was a new adventure.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and daughter Merry Anne Johnson of Orlando, Fla.; a granddaughter, Heather Higgins; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Higgins; a great-grandson, Haydn Johnson; nephews, Al Theis of Gulfport, Fla., and Floyd Hiland of Leavittsburg; a niece, Sue Macias of Austintown; and great-nieces and great-nephews in Ohio and Maryland.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Franklin and George Hiland, and his sister, Betty Theis.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a service in Ohio at a later date.
His family would like to say that Bill Hiland was a devoted husband and best friend to Arlene, a hero to Merry Anne, and a fast friend to anyone who ever met him. He will be missed.
Services were arranged by A Community Funeral Home and Sunset Cremations in Orlando.