William Peter Besançon (1924-2014)


William Peter Besançon (1924-2014) of Toledo, Lucas County, OhioWilliam Peter "Bill" Besançon was born on June 19, 1924, in Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, U.S.A. He was the son of Paul Napoleon Besançon (1870-1951) and Lena Susan Grisier (1890-1968).

Bill Besançon graduated from Stryker High School in 1942.

During World War II, Bill received medals for his service in the United States Navy. Following his military service, Bill moved to Toledo, Ohio, where for 30 years he worked as a transmission inspector for G.M. Powertrain.

On September 25, 1961, Bill Besançon married Violet (née UNKNOWN) Cecil (born in 1932), originally of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The couple lived on Field Avenue in south Toledo. Violet, who had three children from a previous marriage, passed away on November 13, 1983.

William "Bill" Besançon passed away on April 6, 2014, only weeks after attending the funeral of Dick Besançon (of Elgin, Illinois), his last surviving sibling. He is buried alongside Violet at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

Bill had six siblings: Harry Charles Besançon (1918-1924), Paul Frederick Besançon (1923-2012), Richard "Dick" Besançon (1926-2014), Robert "Bob" Besançon (1926-2004), Ella Clementine "Clem" Besançon (1921-1995), and Emma "Maisie" Besançon (1920; stillborn).

Bill and Violet had three children together. Click on the funeral program below for a printable/downloadable version (PDF file). See also: obituary in the Blade.

William Peter Besançon (1924-2014) funeral order of service.
Date of birth: June 19, 1924
Place of birth: Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, United States of America
Mother: Lena Susan Grisier (1890-1968)
Father: Paul Napoleon Besançon (1870-1951)
Spouse: Violet Cecil (1931-1983)
Children: Sharie (née Besançon) Rodriguez, David Besançon, and William Besançon. Step-children: Patricia (née Cecil) Johnson, Teresa (née Cecil) Feltner, and Carol Cecil.
Date of death: April 6, 2014
Place of death: Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, United States of America
Place of burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, United States of America, next to his wife, Violet Cecil Besançon. See his grave here.
Clementine Louys (1843-1931)
William Peter Besançon (1924-2014)
Maternal Grandfather
Lena Susan Grisier (1890-1968)
Eliza M. Grisier (1853-1908)