William F. "Bill" Locher, 80, of Fort Myers, formerly of Franklin, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord, April 20, 2012, at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, son of John William and Lois (Brem) Locher. He spent his early years on the Southside of Chicago, graduating from Hirsch High in 1949.
He spent the majority of his career in sales and management with Western Southern Life. His career moved him to Peoria, Illl.; Hammond, Ind.; and Franklin, Ohio. After retirement he moved to Cape Coral and later to Fort Myers.
He took special pride in his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with his friends and family. Traveling to new and old vacation spots, making new friendships and renewing old relationships were among his favorite pastimes. He was an avid sports fan, remaining loyal to his Chicago teams as well as Cincinnati Reds and Pete Rose. He spent countless hours watching multiple sport games on multiple televisions! (yes, concurrently!)
He is survived by his children, Kim (David) Sies of Fort Myers, Debra Locher, of Jonesborough Tenn., Will of Middletown, Ohio, and E. Scott of Suwanee, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Chris Hayes, Timothy, Jonathan and Rebekah Sies, Kayla (Andrew) Kenner and Sarah Manuel Locher. He is also survived by his loving companion, Marilyn Cummins of Fort Myers and Batavia, Ohio; her four daughters, and a past love, Sandra J. Locher, of Middletown, Ohio, the mother of his children.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Alice Barker Locher, and a brother, John A. Locher.
Private funeral service will be held by the family. A summer memorial will be held in Middletown, Ohio. The family is grateful to the staff of Hope Hospice for their care and concern and to all of Dad's friends who contributed to his happiness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the donor's favorite charity. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.