William “Bill” Robert Regal, Sr., 81, of Wellington, formerly of Lodi, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 after a one year illness. He was born June 4, 1931 in Elyria, to the late Theodore and Fern (nee Horton) Regal.
William grew up on a farm in Huntington and also had a home in Lodi for many years. He lived in Wellington for the last three years.
William was known by many as a “#1 truck driver” and enjoyed talking about trucks and truck driving. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, whether it was with the Wellington McDonald’s “coffee club” or a group of friends in Lodi at a local diner. Bill enjoyed wood working and had built picnic tables and wishing wells for his family.
William is survived by his wife, Phylis (nee Dague) Regal. In August, they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He is also survived by his children, William Jr. (Sandee) Regal of Wellington, Chris Smith of Wellington, Ted (Teresa) Regal of Sullivan and Susan Regal of Wellington; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; siblings, Jim (Marilyn) Regal of Wellington, Phillip Regal of Mt. Vernon, Marilyn (Dick) Foster of Florida and Cheryl (Kenny) Gallatin of Ashland.
William was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Riddle; and a son-in-law, Don Smith.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013, 11 A.M., at the Penfield Community Church, 40775 State Route 18 East, Wellington. Pastor Chris Reutepohler will officiate. Burial will follow at Huntington Cemetery.
Norton Eastman Funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com