By KIRK LAWSON
Billy and his family moved to Westerville in 1968 where they found a “home”. He and his family quickly became active members of the Westerville community.
He was an architect by trade, a Korean Era Veteran, a member of the Church of Messiah, and of course, the Rotary Club of Westerville.
Bill’s distinguished service to Rotary and the community has been immeasurable, and some of his proudest accomplishments and fondest memories revolve around his desire to “serve above self.”
Bill was president of the Westerville Rotary Club in
1979-80 and the club also honored him when he was named a Rotarian of the Year.
The club had a little fun at Bill’s expense when during his first meeting as President, he was served with a subpoena from the city. It seems that the 4th of July Committee had not applied for the proper permits for the annual fireworks show, and as President, he was called on the carpet to plead his case in Westerville’s Mayor’s Court.
During his year as President, Rotary International celebrated its 75th Anniversary, so Billy enlisted help from his wife, Mary and his son, Jim to create a special graphic commemorating Rotary’s anniversary. As it turned out, when the Rotary International President, James L. Bomar Jr. saw the work, he was so moved that he decided to display it in his office for his entire year as President.
A little closer to home, under Bill’s leadership Rotary filled the skies with Hot Air Balloons on the 4th of July, and we also contributed to the construction of the Outdoor Reptile Exhibit at the Columbus Zoo.
He also introduced a new fundraiser for the club, the Rose Sale. The Rose Sale became an integral source of funds for the club, netting as much as $20,000 that was poured back into the community in the form of projects and contributions to worthy causes.
Bill was once again asked to serve Rotary when President-Elect Ben Games asked for his help. Of course, Bill could not say no to his good friend, colleague, and fellow Rotarian, and that is how Bill became the club’s first ever President Emeritus.
Bill was heavily involved with so many Rotary projects through the years, his favorites where those where he could provide his professional expertise (pro- bono of course). From the city’s Bi-Centennial Park, to the Harris Askins House, The Rotary Memorial Park, and the Alum Creek Rotary Amphitheater. Bill was always ready and willing to pitch in.
It is fitting that we remember Billy for his kind heart, his sense of humor, his stubborn streak, and his self-proclaimed orneriness. He was a true friend, a gentleman, and a great Rotarian.
This piece seems fitting as we say goodbye to one of our own;
“God Saw Him Getting Tired”
God saw him getting tired. And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around him and whispered, “come with me.”
With tearful eyes we watched him, and saw him pass away.
Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating; hardworking hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
While some of the details are yet to be determined, a celebration of Bill’s life will take on October 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Messiah, United Methodist Church in Westerville.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Westerville Rotary Foundation.
Passing of member Michael Patrick Curran
30 years as an administrative officer in Columbus, Gahanna and Westerville. He was a prominent member of the Westerville Rotary Club for over 40 years, and previously with the Westerville Jaycees.
Mike was a well-known amateur golfer, winning and placing in many golf tournaments from the 1940s-1990s. He was a charter member of the Golf Club at Little Turtle in 1971. Mike was a dedicated 57 year member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westerville. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Family and friends may call at MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville 43081, Thursday, Jan. 24th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25th, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 313 N. State St., Westerville 43082. Burial will follow at Blendon Central Cemetery, 6330 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville 43081. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to WARM, the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, www.warmwesterville.org.
Billy D. Saltz
7/21/1930 – 10/10/2018
Past President Billy Saltz passes
Celebration of Life set for Oct. 29 at Church of the Messiah
It is with a saddened heart that we announce the passing of long-time member, Mike Curran. Mike has been a Rotarian for over 44 years where he held the title of #1 Fish Fry Salesman for many years of his tenure in the Rotary Club of Westerville.
2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road
10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State St.
Interment following Mass at St. Paul at Blendon Central Cemetery, 6330 S. Hempstead Road
Obituary from family
Michael P. Curran, age 85, passed away at home in Westerville on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Mike was born in Columbus to the late Thomas and Violet Curran. He leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Lucy Curran; their six children, Colleen (Dan) Moffat, Doug (Stephanie) Curran, Karen Bringardner, Richard Curran, Donald Curran and David (Lisa) Curran; brother Tom Curran, sister Kathleen Downey, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many dear friends. Pre-deceased by sisters JoAnn Cordiano and Sharon Wentzel. Mike met Lucy in the 4th grade at Holy Rosary School in Columbus, and was a graduate of Holy Rosary High School, class of 1951. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was retired from Chase Bank/Banc One/City National Bank after
Michael Patrick Curran
Jan. 28, 1933 – Jan. 21, 2019