William Romig

November 8, 1918 - March 14, 2002
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WILLIAM J. ROMIG, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 14, 2002 at Union Hospital in Dover. He was born in New Philadelphia to the late Arthur S. and Laura Rufer Romig. Bill graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1938 and worked for Miller Studios for nearly twenty-five years. During World War II, Bill…

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WILLIAM J. ROMIG, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 14, 2002 at Union Hospital in Dover. He was born in New Philadelphia to the late Arthur S. and Laura Rufer Romig. Bill graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1938 and worked for Miller Studios for nearly twenty-five years. During World War II, Bill served honorably with the U. S. Air Force. On October 6, 1956 he married the former Thelma L. Roudebush. Bill served for more than twenty years as a trustee for the Wooster Hiway Church of God in Dover. He was a life- member of the New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445, the DAV and the Blinded Veterans’ Association. Bill will be remembered for his many long walks around New Philadelphia. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Bruce C. (Sherri) Romig of Dover; grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor, Kierra and Trent Romig. Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Scott Romig on March 5, 1972, his sister, Isabelle Romig, and three brothers, John, Charles and Romig. The funeral service will be Monday, March 18, 2002 at 3:30 pm in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth E. Yoder officiating. Burial will follow at East Avenue Cemetery where military burial rites will be presented by the VFW Post #1445. Visitation will be Sunday, March 17, 2002 from 2:00 to 5:30 pm in the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Wooster Hiway Church of God, 5714 N. Wooster Ave. Ext. NW, Dover, OH 44622 or to Hospice Of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622.


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Born: November 8, 1918
Died: March 14, 2002

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Cathy and Bill Zangle posted on 3/17/02

Dear Aunt Thelma,Bruce,Sherri and Family As we said on the phone: we are so sorry that we cannot be there with you in person but know that we are there in spirit. Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. We are so thankful for the time we had with Uncle Bill at Mom's funeral and again last summer--somehow we felt that we would not see him again, which made our departing quite difficult! I can honestly say (and I told him this last summer)that of my three uncles he was my favorite. I too remember our visits with Uncle Bill and Gram both in Ferndale and New Philly (I don't remember the Windsor visits as we moved from there when I was six months old). Uncle Bill always treated me so special and I could feel his love for me. Yes, he spoiled me and I loved it! Our trips to the Goshen Dairy were a must and he looked forward to those trips as much as we did. Uncle Bill amazed me with the way he could navigate our trips around the New Philly are--it was as though he had radar! When he came to visit us in Ferndale I remember as a young child voicing my concerns to my parents about him go by himself over to Windsor, Canada, but Mom and Dad said not to worry he was very capable of getting there and back. When my Bill and I came to visit he was accepted immediately as family and taken to the Goshen Dairy. He too has been amazed by that built in radar! The two Bills enjoyed their walks around the neighborhood and their good talks. We will both miss Uncle Bill greatly. but are comforted by the knowledge that he is now with his Lord and Savior and he is completely healed! Our love and prayers are with you, Cathy and Bill


Sandy Rutter posted on 3/17/02



carl weber posted on 3/16/02

I will miss Bill he was a niec guy I work with at miller studo. carl weber.


Dave and Nancy Romig posted on 3/16/02

As Dave and I have been talking about Uncle Bill, another set of stories came about, this time about the war years. Uncle Bill served in the Air Force during WWII and his nephews Dave and Jim were very proud of him. In a show of patriotism during the war, there were flags available for sale that could be displayed in the window of your home. These flags were made of cloth, were about the size of a sheet of paper, and as Dave recalls had a red border around them. They were meant to show support for the men in your family who were away at war and had color-coded stars on them. A blue star meant someone was serving in the armed forces, a silver star meant someone was wounded, and a gold star meant someone had died while serving. When Uncle Bill went in the service, Dave and Jim begged their parents to get a flag to display in their front window. It took some convincing, but his parents finally bought the appropriate flag and proudly placed it in the window. It was a badge of honor if you were growing up during WWII to have this flag represent one of YOUR relatives. Dave vividly remembers riding his bike through his neighborhood and checking out the flags. The stars told the story about the fate of the servicemen who were fighting overseas. As a result of his service during the war, Uncle Bill lost his sight. When he was first discharged, the government said his blindness was not a service-related injury. Dave's dad - Uncle Bill's older brother - went to work contacting the Veteran's Administration and former members of Uncle Bill's unit to verify that this blindness was service related. Many letters later over a period of several months the V.A. finally reversed itself and awarded Uncle Bill disability benefits. Once his disability was established, another organization - Disabled American Veterans - stepped in offering other services. Among them was a free car! Uncle Bill was the recipient of a free yellow Mercury, which, of course, he couldn't drive. No matter what he told the D.A.V., they insisted he accept this car. They persisted until he finally took possession of the Mercury. At some point he got someone else to drive it and made a trip to Ferndale, Michigan to visit the Michigan Romigs. Dave remembers Uncle Bill telling this story and laughing the entire time about getting a car he was completely unable to drive.


Dave & Nancy Romig posted on 3/16/02

Dave and I both have stories about Uncle Bill that bring us warm memories. When Dave was quite small - pre-school age - his family moved to Windsor, Canada because the rents were cheaper there. This was in the late 1930's during the Great Depression and they were looking for ways to cut costs. At the most, Dave was 5-6 years old, but he remembers his Uncle Bill hitchhiking from Ohio to come to see them in Windsor. It was always to a much anticipated event for the boys (Dave and brother, Jim) because Uncle Bill would give them quarters each time he visited. At that time a quarter could buy 5 candy bars - pretty exciting stuff for a 5 year old! When Dave's family moved to Ferndale, Michigan, Uncle Bill continued to come for visits and continued to dispense quarters. Dave also remembers that when his family would go to New Philly for a visit with Grandmother Romig, Uncle Bill would have quarters ready for THREE eager children - Dave, Jim and sister, Cathy. There is another family story about Uncle Bill and Dave's mother - known to the family as Ruie - and the famous gallon of ice cream. As Dave recalls the story, Uncle Bill and Ruie came up with a bet that in an ice cream eating contest, they could each out-eat the other. First they polished off a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. Then Dave remembers being sent to the dairy store to get another 1/2 gallon which they both finished off. No one can remember who won the contest and some of the details have changed over the years. But, we all have no doubt that the story is true! I came into the Romig family through marriage in 1981. On our first visit to New Philly, Dave and I stayed with Aunt Thelma and Uncle Bill. During that visit he introduced me to the joys of Goshen Dairy. When we went to Goshen Dairy, he told me to order anyghing I wanted. So, I ordered a single dip ice cream cone. He said that wasn't enough ice cream and told me I had to have a double dip cone. Little did I know at the time that I was up against a champion ice cream eater. Just as Dave looked forward to the quarters when they saw Uncle Bill, I always looked forward to a visit to Goshen Dairy!


Sue Ann Miller Hartz posted on 3/16/02

Dear Thelma and Family, I want to send you my most sincere sympathy at this time. I remember Bill, you , and your family from seeing you at my grandparents home, Harry and Clela Miller. Now that I live in Wyoming I find using the computer keeps me in touch with my family and friends in Ohio. Although it is somewhat impersonal, I do feel better having a way to send you my prayers and best wishes to support you at this time. May God bless you and be with you to strengthen and comfort you. Sue


carl weber posted on 3/16/02

thiniking of you with deepest sympathy. carl weber.