William Lee (Bill) Abel II, passed away in Long Beach, CA, on March 11, 2016, at the age of 59 after a short illness. Bill was born in Orrville to William and Barbara Abel on Dec 29, 1956. The second of three children. On June 15, 1996, he was married to his wife Frances. As a 1975 graduate of Orrville High School, he was a member of the OHS jazz band traveling to the Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival and a four year letterman in baseball. After attending Case Western University and Ohio State, he graduated with a Mortuary of Science degree from Miami Dade and practiced in Florida and California. Living in California since the early 1990s he continued to be an avid baseball follower and accomplished woodworker. Services are Sat., April 9th at 2:00 - Lighthouse Memorial, 1016 W 164th St, Gardena, CA. Private burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville, OH, in May.

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  1. My deepest condolences to the Abel family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Isaiah 25:8 where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all death and suffering.

  2. Even though he wasn’t my blood and wasn’t my real grandfather, I grew up with him since I was a baby and always will consider him my grandfather. He was my motivation to play softball and be as good as him. I will always miss you popie. Your forever in my heart. I love the fact that you taught me a lot about how to make things from wood. All the crafts that you’ve giving me I will cherish forever. I love you

  3. Barbara,
    I was very sorry to hear that your son had passed away. There are no adequate words.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Dean AckerI

  4. Fred and I send our sympathy to Fran, Aunt Barb and Uncle Bill, Jan and family and Jim on the loss of Bill. We hadn’t heard from him in years but thought of him often. RIP, dear cousin Bill. Thoughts, prayers and much love to all Fred and Sherry Wells, Vale, SD

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